September 16, 2016
Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs
The Gospel Today
Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.
REFLECTION (Sem. Miguel Josemaria C. Valeroso)
During summer breaks and other days without classes, my parents would encourage us to go with them to daily Mass. I did not like going to church at all as a child but my parents were very persistent. They would wake me and my siblings up early in the morning and ask us to get dressed for Mass. They would convince us with the most irresistible offer, “Come on, wake up, we’ll have breakfast outside after the Mass.” They did bring us to one fast food restaurant or another to have breakfast and we had learned to trust their word for it. We would soon learn that going to Mass itself should be enough to motivate us. And in days when the lure of the bed was stronger, my parents would remind me of this solemn gift which I will miss if I don’t get up at that moment. I thank God for these human “alarm clocks” called parents.
Even as grown-ups, at times, we still forget why we rise up from bed in the morning, and throughout the day we sometimes also forget that we are followers of Christ – Christians expected to love God and neighbor in words and deeds. We often lose our motivation especially on moments of trials and sufferings but also from the comforts of our bed. At these times, we ask ourselves and, if we remember His presence, we also ask God, ‘why again am I doing this?’ And from our hearts, a reminder will spring forth: ‘it is for the saints’ reward, the crown of triumph and life everlasting.’ Then, we rise and continue on living as one moved by God’s promise.