The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Reflection (Sem. Kein Harvey P. Chito)
When was the last time you took a pause in your life? Can you still recall the last time you rejoiced because you felt so much gratitude and love in your heart? How often do you smile each day? Did you even consider uttering words that express happiness to Jesus?
Currently, there are lots of things happening inside me. I am disturbed by so many things mainly because of the tasks and responsibilities that I am facing now. But still, I am doing my best to at least take a pause, to breath, and recall grateful moments that fuel my spirit. The prayer time that we have in the seminary is also a gift and grace in praising God, as well as saying sorry to Him, uttering words of thanksgiving and raising my petitions and special intentions.
Just like Jesus Christ during His time, I perceive Him as a busy man. He travelled to a lot of places. He preached the Good News. He performed miracles and He even allowed Himself to be surrounded by people who needs His presence. But at the end of it all, Jesus took a pause. He gave praise to His Father, the Lord of heaven and earth.
Today’s Gospel is drawing us to turn to our Father and thank Him despite our loaded calendars, unending demands of our families and friends, work pressures and other stuff that are tension-filled. Let us not forget the great things that God does to us each day.