July 14, 2017
Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men,
for they will hand you over to courts
and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over,
do not worry about how you are to speak
or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak
but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death,
and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.
Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel
before the Son of Man comes.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Gail Pabalate Cruz)
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves”. This is the very words of our Lord Jesus Christ to His Apostles. Sending is one of the first calls of Jesus to His Apostles. He sent them because He gave His trust to them to evangelize His people. When a master trusts his servant, he is special. Maybe this is a task that many can do, but can only be entrusted to a few, because trust is something to be earned.
The Gospel reminds me of my Clinical Pastoral Education program last summer, where our formators sent us for our apostolate. Under this program, I was able to meet different types of people; most of them hungered for Emotional and Pastoral care. This longing is one of the most painful and hard to cure illnesses especially when you are not trained.
One of the privileges I had is that I was able to engage myself in the most current and timely issue in the world especially in our country, which is the problem about prohibited drugs. I have learned to feel deeply a certain emotion whenever I listened to my patient. We visited the drug dependents every Wednesday in a certain area to facilitate a program to help them. It was a wonderful experience for me because I have learned a lot, not only about the program but most of all from the dependents stories. They may have the same story when they were attracted by drugs, but each of them has unique stories that can capture your attention.
God sent us to be with the people whom He loves, those who are in most need and longing for His care. They are entrusted to our care, and as His apostles we must follow Him and show affection to our brothers and sisters in the crisis they are in, because God never abandons them nor persecuted them, so should we.