January 19, 2017
Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples.
A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea.
Hearing what he was doing,
a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem,
from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan,
and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.
He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd,
so that they would not crush him.
He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases
were pressing upon him to touch him.
And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him
and shout, “You are the Son of God.”
He warned them sternly not to make him known.
REFLECTION (Sem. Gail P. Cruz)
“He warned them sternly not to make Him Known”.
This passage of Jesus from the Gospel struck me a lot. In our world, especially today many people when they are helping others always want to be recognized and to put out their names in big letters.
I remember when I was still working, some of my team mates and sometimes including me, would always count all the effort we contributed for a particular project. We say “I did that” or “I was the one who made that”, especially when the client praises a particular area. In the seminary and in our daily life, there are a lot of opportunities to show this kind of character. Catching the attention of others just to prove that you can do and contribute more than what the others can. But by the grace of God, there are still people who follow what Jesus teaches us in His parables and passages. As a seminarian, this kind of Jesus’ life helps me to grow more in terms of rendering selfless hands to those who need my help. It is a big help for me and it always serves as a reminder for me, especially in my apostolate, to give my presence without asking for anything in return except for prayers.
If we will just go deep in our prayers, we will find real joy in giving without asking anything in return. Jesus saved us and is continuously helping us, but we always forget to give thanks during our prayers. It is easy for us to count our unanswered prayers than to give thanks. He will always love us because saving us is the most important and the only thing matters to Him.