October 14, 2016
Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
At that time:
So many people were crowding together
that they were trampling one another underfoot.
Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples,
“Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.
“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness
will be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered behind closed doors
will be proclaimed on the housetops.
I tell you, my friends,
do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear.
Be afraid of the one who after killing
has the power to cast into Gehenna;
yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.
Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Do not be afraid.
You are worth more than many sparrows.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)
“Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” I focus my reflection on this, as Jesus wants us to see and be confident of God’s care as we are worth more than many sparrows. Jesus does not promise comfort and it is not easy to follow Him. Tomorrow’s Gospel shows what it entails for a disciple to follow Jesus Christ. Different kinds of persecution are waiting for those who desire to live a life focused on Jesus Christ. Somehow we can say that it is difficult and painful, as Jesus himself had also experienced sufferings. But Jesus assures us that God will take care of us.
One thing I realize is that all the sufferings I have encountered in seminary formation were part of God’s providence. It helped me to grow and to develop confidence in order to handle different situations. I have constantly reminded myself that no matter how difficult experience may be, still they are blessings from God and that something good will come out of that experience. God’s goodness cannot just be seen in our successful and happy moments; it is also revealed in our own sufferings. I can say that no experience, no matter how painful or difficult, is wasted.
Today’s Gospel is an invitation for me to fully entrust myself to God and to ask for His mercy. What I need to do is to surrender, persevere, and submit myself in order to depend on and follow the will of God.