The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
Reflection (Sem. Dondon O. Dimaano Jr.)
The Gospel for today speaks of the ‘light,’ something that can never be hidden and would always want to be exposed and make known. That light symbolizes the truth. It will always find its way to be proclaimed.
The Church also celebrates today the memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, a prolific theologian and Doctor of the Church. This Dominican priest wrote many treatises and documents in defense of the Church, and philosophical discourses to explain the mystery of God. Why had he done all of these things? Maybe, he saw the Light Himself, Jesus Christ.
One who sees the light is always drawn to follow it. The same is true for my seminary journey. A call is like a light that pierces through the heart; it will only find rest once followed and pursued. To believe in Jesus is to live in the light. To live in the light is to find fulfillment.
In his last days, St. Thomas had a vision of Christ telling him to ask for anything in return for all that he had done for Jesus. Thomas, a humble man that he was, refused the offer and even replied that what he made were not enough to give glory to God. But then, Jesus insisted: “Tell me what you want and I will give it to you,” to which St. Thomas responded: “Non nisi te Domine,” translated as “Nothing but you, Lord.”
To have Jesus is to have the Light of the world as guide and model. Living with the light is to have everything and wanting nothing but the Lord alone.