July 19, 2017
Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
REFLECTION (Sem. John Mark Dela cruz)
It is in our powerlessness where we do appreciate more the mighty God; in our most devastating moments where we do appreciate His grace; in our poverty where we do appreciate His bountiful blessing; in our inabilities where we appreciate His great abilities; In darkness where we do appreciate the light and in our emptiness where we let God fill us.
During my first apostolate weekend of presence, I was assigned to a poor family of five, who supports their daily needs by selling cigarettes, candies, assorted drinks along the roads of Tondo. A fitting term for what I observed was; “isang kahig, isang tuka”.They cannot miss a day without selling their merchandise for they have nothing to eat the next day. As I was reflecting on their situation, they really lack a lot of things. They lack a father. They lack resources for their dreams. They lack gadgets and appliances for their comfort, but never did I hear them complaining. Their house was cramped, poorly lighted. They have limited food yet they give thanks for what they have. They have entrusted to God everything, surrendering everything to Him. “Bahala na si Lord”.
Most of the time we fail to recognize simple things because we are looking for more complex things. We are filled with so many things that we fail to let God fill us. Let God be our hand in our powerlessness, our hope in devastating events, our provider in our poverty, our light in our darkness, and be in our midst in our own emptiness.