October 8, 2016
Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Gail Cruz)
It is not unusual in our culture to honor a person by his accomplishment and good deeds. But sometimes it is important to realize and transform this remark into an opportunity to really see where real blessing and life’s fulfillment can be found.
In the Gospel, a woman praised the Blessed Virgin Mary for being the mother of Christ because of the wondrous deeds of Jesus. I remember when I started to work in a landscape designing firm and started in the lower ranks as a detailer. I had to work hard and have salary raise. My purpose then is to get the attention of my father who was favoring my sister when it comes to providing the needs of our family. In a way, I was envious to the attention and recognition of my father to my sister. After six months, I was promoted and had my salary increase, after three months I was promoted again. Because of that, I then provide for the family and so as I got the attention not only of my father but also of all the members of the family. I was even being looked up to by my cousins and even my uncles. I never realize that I was competing with my sister. I thought that if I would get the attention of my father I would be happy, but I was wrong. Maybe the real happiness that I was searching for during that time which I failed to see was that my father was also proud of me for just being me, his son. Sometimes in life, we are blinded by the flashing lights of attentions; we fail to see that even without the praises we are longing for, we can be successful. There is God looking at us while we are doing His will. The fullness of life is not about winning, but in pursuing the will of God, the one that truly suffices.