January 28, 2017
Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church
The Gospel Today
On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
REFLECTION (Sem. Eldrick S. Peña)
Today’s reading shows Jesus’ authority, that He can rebuke and make still even the storm and the wind. The Gospel invites me to be more trusting on Jesus – that he is capable of making still the surging waves and winds in my life – problems, anger, struggles, fears and anxieties and many others. I am reminded to always make Jesus the center of my life because He alone is capable of pacifying my worthless worries, fears and anxieties. The reading also made me recall my favorite bible passage: “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 40:10). Rephrasing the psalmist, “I will be still because I know that You are God.” I can only say these words with much confidence and faith on God because I know He will not leave me in the most trying moments of my life.
My prayer is for Jesus to always be with me, to accompany me in the difficult journey towards priesthood. It is my desire that in spite of the storms and the winds that I encounter in the formation, I may rest calm and confident that Jesus will sustain me through all these. My faith and confidence in Jesus will keep me afloat and focused on my destination and that is towards doing His holy will.
This day, the Universal Church also celebrates the memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, a prolific doctor of the Church. He contemplated on things that are of God and wrote some of the most significant theological treatises that continue to remain relevant to our understanding of the Catholic faith. Let us ask for his intercession that we may have that confidence of entrusting ourselves wholly to the Lord that we can stand firm and remain faithful in the face of trials. AMEN.