PRESENCE

July 26, 2017
Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Gospel Today
Matthew 13:1-9

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Edgar R. Calma)

Nowadays, social communication, through the use of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Social media among others have allowed us to engage with other people in real time, faster and easier, creative and innovative, engaging and interactive than before. So that our eyes can immediately see and witness the events as they happen, and our ears can hear the voice and sounds as they reverberate on the spot. Indeed, we are already living in a world that technology is so advanced that it allowed us to enjoy, appreciate, witness, act, react and access the events around us at the tip of our fingers in this globalized environment.

The Gospel for today tells us how privileged the disciples were during the time of Jesus for they were the first-hand witnesses of the glory and mystery of God through His words and deeds. “Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it” (Mt 13:16-17). That is why, for those who have traveled and visited the Holy Land, particularly the places and specific spots where Jesus lived, spoke, healed, blessed, prayed, travelled, suffered, died and resurrected, provided an overwhelming and mysterious encounter with the risen Lord in a more profound and interior senses of the human soul. Because the experience in going to these sacred places is no longer limited in the realm of the human sight but transcends to the spirit.

More importantly, the Gospel invites us to see beyond what the human eyes can see. Indeed, those who have lived before us, particularly the apostles and disciples of Christ were living witnesses of His physical presence. However, when Christ was glorified, He promised us His Spirit and because of this, He assured us of His real and spiritual presence in our daily lives and human events through the sacraments entrusted to the Church. Now the greater challenge is to be able to see all things in Jesus and to see Jesus in all the things happening in our lives, even the most painful, difficult and devastating trails in our lives. He invites us to remain in His love because He has given His assurance of His faithfulness. Let our daily seeing of joy and pain, sufferings and trials, transcends physical sight so we can allow Jesus’ presence, through the Holy Spirit, remain in the ordinary situations in our lives.

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