August 30, 2016
The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.
He taught them on the sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching
because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon,
and he cried out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
“What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out.”
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.
REFLECTION (Sem. John Paul S. Adia)
God’s words are always powerful. No wonder that in every Mass, His words are preserved and observed for no man can ever change nor equalize the power of His words. His words are transcending, they encompasses time and always timely. His words are healing for His compassion is within those words. His words command, for they have the authority which rule the world. His word is His being.
In the beginning God created the world through His Word, the Gospel for today made the Word in flesh. He owns it for it is His being. The words of compassion, healing, forgiveness, mercy, love, and all, never come from man. Man himself cannot create his own words. But Jesus in today’s Gospel made the man know His words, as if God made man personally hear Him, but it was never a created power and truth. It was His being shared with our humanity. Man has the limit of understanding the whole meaning of words but Jesus knew how the Word began. No wonder, Jesus is the author and has the power over everything even just through mere word.
The Holy Mass was never invented by man. It was passed on to us by the Apostles and Fathers of the Church. The words are from Jesus, thus, the truthfulness and majesty of God lies on it. As an installed lector, I am given the ministry to proclaim the word of God. It is a big responsibility to properly understand and deliver the readings for it is never mine. God has allowed me to become an instrument of His word. That is why, I need the necessary disposition and always pray for the necessary grace to fulfill this ministry for His greater glory. It is not I who is proclaimed in a way, but I become a medium for this wonderful ministry.
I often ask for the grace of humility and openness to God that it may not be I who will be proclaiming but He. And it is a wonderful experience to have this ministry which I know I am not worthy but God allowed me to receive and practice it in the Liturgy of the Word – the Word that is timeless and ever timely.