September 7, 2016
The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets
in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false
prophets in this way.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
Listening to Jesus as He speaks about God’s grace of blessing would make us identify ourselves with Him. His invitation to look at our lives, if we are in tune with the Will of the Father, will bring blessing not just of the present time, but also for the future.
When I was still working, I tried to be the provider, not just for myself but also for my family. I spent my meager salary mostly for our needs and often for my wants.
Sometimes, I thought of being contented, being secured of the material things that I possessed and could acquire because of my capacity. Sometimes, I was tempted to think that my life is well even without God, but I realized that it was a mistake. I know I was blessed by that time, yet, something was bothering me. Am I still capable to be blessed in the future? Will I still be a blessing to others?
In such context, I heeded the call to priesthood, and in the seminary, we practice the life of righteousness, denying everything for Jesus Christ. Such would be the greatest blessing for ones life to have Jesus Christ inspite of hardships and difficulties.