July 11, 2017
Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot
The Gospel Today
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,
and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.
The crowds were amazed and said,
“Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said,
“He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Eric Yabut)
In the Gospel narrative, we witnessed the healing power of Jesus. He healed many people from their physical wounds and illnesses. Believing in the healing power of Jesus is a great manifestation of trust and a deep faith.
As I continue my third year in formation in the seminary, it gave me the courage to reflect and face my wounds from my past experiences. Looking back on past experiences may be unusual to others, but to me, that marked the point of my conversion because those experiences molded me to be who and what I am now. Those wounds brought me closer to Jesus and made me follow and know Him better.
When I was in my BEC exposure at Compostela Valley, the priest presider of the mass asked me to give a sharing about my healing experiences through God’s mercy. I was unprepared for that moment but the Holy Spirit guided me in sharing something that would fit the Gospel passage. The stories I shared were from the wounds of abandonment as a kid growing up in a broken family. Growing up with in that situation was very hard for me to accept. I hid all my feelings and sentiments but through the help of the seminary, I was able to address those issues in my life and learn to accept what had happened. Now, I can easily share all the hard feelings I had before. I am glad that those experiences became my tool to proclaim the goodness of God in my life.
Jesus came to cure us from our wounds and illnesses. We have known the Healer so it is time for us to proclaim His healing power and goodness. Truly, the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few so let us be missionaries in our own little way. Be a wounded healer as we configure our life to Christ Jesus.