November 29, 2016
Tuesday of the First Week in Advent
The Gospel Today
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Gail P. Cruz)
Human persons are subjected to whatever laws that govern the rest of the natural world. Nevertheless, human persons are free in a way compared to other creation.
When I graduated from college, I was convinced that if I would get a job immediately and earn on my own, I will feel free from any house rules. But I was wrong. A month after my graduation I was hired in a Construction Firm as a Site Architect in Manila. There, I was able to start on my own independently, believing that I can decide by myself. I was on the verge of attaining my freedom during those days. I stayed in the house of my aunt because it was near from my work place. She and her family was a member of a different religion which is very contradicting with mine. But they are very kind to me, to the fact that they spent their time and help me by providing things like in buying shirts and polo. I never thought that those were, in a way, just simple gifts for me because they wanted me to convert to their religion. It was the weakest point of my vocation and because of curiosity, I agreed. I never told my parents about it until my father heard it from my aunt during a family gathering. My father was very disappointed with me. I thought it was okay because I can now decide on my own. Then I was awakened when my father told me, “Have you forgotten that the Father in heaven is crying because of what you are doing?” I thought I only hurt him. I realized that it was my Father in heaven who gave me the freedom to decide on my own and yet, still looking at me even when I am turning my back to Him. And still, He fully accepted me when I came back home.
I was blessed because I was able to see what I needed to see. For many desired to see what I see but did not see it, and to hear what I hear but did not hear it.