August 4, 2017
Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest
The Gospel Today
Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.
They were astonished and said,
“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?
Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Is not his mother named Mary
and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Are not his sisters all with us?
Where did this man get all this?”
And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and in his own house.”
And he did not work many mighty deeds there
because of their lack of faith.
REFLECTION (Sem. Gail P. Cruz)
“For a man who believes, no miracle is needed. For a man who doubts, no miracle is sufficient.” Faith is all about believing and trusting, believing in God even though we do not see him and trusting in Him even though we do not encounter Him face to face.
It is hard to believe in someone whom we do not see. But it is harder to accept when people see us, know us and witness all of our works and yet do not believe in us.
Every time I encounter rejection as a seminarian, it is hard to pretend that it is okay. For instance whenever I have a proposal under my coordinatorship, like a certain design, and someone rejects it, I really feel so ashamed and belittled. Maybe because I lack control and understanding that I treat the situation as a rejection rather than a help for me to work better. In the Gospel, Jesus reminds me to be more understanding and patient, as long as I am doing my best for the good of many and as long as my intention is pure. Even if I am rejected, I can easily accept and forgive.
All these things happened to Jesus in the Gospel. The people in his place did not believe and trust in Him even though they personally saw, knew and witnessed all his works. And all these things happened because the people did not have faith in Him. And the Gospel today is reminding us to have faith in each other, and most especially in God Himself who is our ever present companion. Just believe in our selves and learn to trust others. How can we say that we trust and believe in God if we could not trust and believe our brothers and sisters whom we see and know? “For a man who believes, no miracle is needed. For a man who doubts, no miracle is sufficient.”