February 4, 2018
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.
When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.
Rising very early before dawn, he left
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.
Reflection (Sem. Lester John D. Cabais)
In my previous job, I would start my day six in the morning, start my class eight in the morning and classes end at exactly five in the afternoon. I will stay for about an hour to prepare my stuff for the next day and then I am ready to go home right after. Sometimes, if I still have extra time, during the weekdays, I will watch a movie with friends or simply hang out with them. During weekends, I would do some check-ups oo my motorcycle or do some household chores. I have a lot of time back then. Most of these were spent surfing the net or watching online movies and doing other stuffs. The feeling after doing all these things is how I define tiredness and exhaustion before.
In the Gospel, we can imagine a very energetic Christ who has a lot of activities that fill His schedule. From the rising of the sun to its setting, you will not be able to see idle moments in Christ’s ministry. He shows great zeal in doing His father’s work that is, spreading the spirit of compassion and mercy to everyone. Human as He was, he might have also experienced exhaustion but instead of sleeping, He put Himself in a deep communion with the Father through prayer.
The Gospel invites us to see ourselves in the service of God. How productive are we in the vineyard of the Lord? So much time were spent in different activities but we are missing the most important tasks and that is to serve God and the Church. These acts advance the kingdom of God here on earth and help people get to know the love of God. At the end of the day, there is this soft and comfortable bed waiting for us to reward our tiredness but are we doing enough for the Lord? With Christ as the example, how often do we let ourselves be in deep communion with the Father?
As children of God, may we follow the example of Christ sharing how Christian service should be for we are assured that the work we are doing today will bear fruit in eternal life. Let the zeal of Christ be our fuel and our energy in witnessing and spreading the love and mercy of God.