January 19, 2018
Friday Second Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted
and they came to him.
He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,
that they might be with him
and he might send them forth to preach
and to have authority to drive out demons:
He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter;
James, son of Zebedee,
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges,
that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus;
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.
Reflection (Sem. John Mark Dela Cruz)
Tax collectors, fishermen, unlearned,rebels, nothing extraordinary these are the disciples called by Jesus. Who would have thought that the master would want to have ordinary members of the society. He may have chosen great leaders of the community, professionals, learned people, great in their own crafts, experts ,the brightest and the best. But Jesus opted to have ordinary people to have an extraordinary mission. Our ordinariness allows God to give us more and to form us. It allows God to make rooms for improvement, to form us in His ways and to make us extraordinary. It is an opportunity for us to grow from this ordinariness. Ordinariness calls us to show humility and gentleness when we would rather insist superiority or fame. We do not have to be extraordinary men to be called. It is in our ordinariness that God calls us. We do not have to be the greatest, the most famous, most powerful and the brightest. God loves us in our entirety. We do not have to prove something to God to love and to call us. He calls us in our ordinariness and in our insignificance. For most of the time, God meets us in our ordinary lives; in our ordinary activities. He calls us in a very ordinary and personal way. Let our ordinariness; our insignificance be a way to receive significance from Him.