December 28, 2016
Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs
The Gospel Today
When the magi had departed, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
Out of Egypt I called my son.
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi,
he became furious.
He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity
two years old and under,
in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:
A voice was heard in Ramah,
sobbing and loud lamentation;
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled,
since they were no more.
REFLECTION (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
The gospel for today reminds me of my experience when I cut off my relationship with God. I was very busy with so many things that I forgot to thank and pray to God for all the blessings that I had.
I have experienced cutting off myself from different things. Sometimes it hurts but sometimes it makes me happy and satisfied. I always seek for happiness in different kinds of things, but in my everyday work, I didn’t recognize the happiness that was taking place in my life.
Good things had happened in my life, but sad to say, I was not aware of them. These blessings came from different people who expressed their love for me, but there are times that these people influenced me to leave my faith. They wanted me to forget my faith and leave my spiritual life because they wanted me to support their candidate for the election who didn’t believe in religion. I contemplated. If I leave my faith, I will feel guilty of it. It was hard for me to decide during that time. I thought that happiness can be found in those people who comforted me in my time of distress by providing my needs. I realize, however, that it was not true. My experiences in life give me lessons on how to choose friends who are good influences.