October 21, 2017
Saturday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
everyone who acknowledges me before others
the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others
will be denied before the angels of God.
“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”
Reflection (Sem. Justin G. Gatus)
During my BEC Exposure in one Easter morning Mass in Dacudao, Davao del Norte, I was asked by my parish priest to share my reflection in the mass. I had a difficulty in reflecting on what to share during that time. Before the Mass, I tried to compose myself and reflect in one corner but I saw ate Nelia, a resident of the barangay fixing the flowers. I had the opportunity to talk to her and learned about her struggles as a mother. That encounter gave me an inspiration to share about the Resurrection. In every hardship, when we turn to Jesus, we will be “resurrected” with Him. After the sorrow comes the glory. After the Mass, she cried and thanked me for the message. I consoled her and afterwards, I prayed and thanked God that He allowed me to become His instrument to proclaim his message of hope.
Our Gospel for today calls us to always speak about faith, hope, and love. Whatever happens, amidst the trials and persecutions, we must always remain committed to Jesus. We must be cautious of our words and actions which may be influenced by our personal biases and emotions that might contradict from Jesus’ language of love. We must also seek the help of the Holy Spirit to guide as we witness and testify to Him by our words.
Whenever I sit down and make my reflection, I usually follow three simple steps. First is to start with a prayer. I pray for the grace to be focused and for me not to be distracted from useless thoughts and worries. Also, I ask Him to use me as His instrument to spread His good news, and not my personal thoughts. Second is to make sure that all of my reflections are based on Scriptures and real life experiences. To me, the more personal my sharing is, the closer it can be in my heart and in the heart of others. To end, I seal my reflection with a prayer. I lift up my good memories and fresh realizations to the Holy Spirit thanking Him that He allowed me to learn and meet Him along the way.
Whenever we share our experiences and encounters of Jesus, we become instruments of God. In evangelizing, we must not overthink and complicate things. Just go back to your “Jesus experience” and sit down with it in prayer. And when you share, you’ll notice that you are not the only one sharing, but you are sharing with the Holy Spirit.