January 23, 2016

The Gospel Today

Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 3:20-21

Jesus came with his disciples into the house.
Again the crowd gathered,
making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him,
for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

Reflection (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)

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The Gospel today showed the two kinds of reception that Jesus experienced in His ministry – the acceptance from the crowd and rejection from his own relatives who said He was out of His mind.

We say that we can always have the sense of security and warmth in our family. We turn to them for consolation in times of distress. We feel encouraged to move on with our family’s support and understanding. That is why for me, it is difficult for Jesus to be misunderstood and rejected by His relatives.

I remember the time when I asked permission from my family to enter the seminary. Initially my mother was not able to understand my decision. She was so anxious because she thought that priests could not be visited for a long time. She was afraid that she would never see me again.

After our conversation, she went to her sisters and expressed all her sentiments. I felt so afraid then that my family would not easily understand my decision, but my sister helped me to enlighten my mother on the situation. Eventually, my other and my entire family accepted my decision and expressed their support for my chosen vocation.

I encountered another rejection, this time from my cousin who talked to my mother about it. He said that my mother should not allow me to enter the seminary because I should continue my career. However, my mother replied that she would respect my decision and she will support me no matter what.

In the end, as I experience acceptance and rejection in my life, one thing I learned is to be true and to entrust myself to the compassionate and merciful God. Focusing on Jesus will lead me not to be disturbed by any form of rejection.

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