4 September 2019. Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. John Reyman S. Dabuet)
As Catholics, one of the manifestations of our faith is our firm belief in the intercessory power of saints. We believe that saints who went ahead of us into heaven continue to partake in Jesus’ mission in the world by looking after us and praying for us; interceding for our needs and petitions to the Father. The intercession of saints is similar to what we have read in today’s Gospel. Simon and his family prayed in intercession with Jesus in their appeal for the healing of Simon’s mother-in-law.
I had very minimal faith in the saints before. I didn’t invoke their intercession because plainly, I was not used to asking for their prayers. I did not grow up in a pious family, and I was not exposed in the parish or in a religious school. I just know there are saints and they are honored by the Church for their holy lives and noble deeds. I didn’t even ask help from the Queen of Saints, our Mother Mary, for the same reason.
As I embrace the life in seminary formation, I become exposed to celebrating feast days and memorials of saints. Almost every day or every week, there are celebrations to venerate a certain saint. With these, I come to meet each of them, and slowly, I turn curious and interested with their lives and good deeds. I think faith builds upon living out, and faith comes before truly understanding things, as St. Augustine says. Slowly, I am believing and then understanding why we put our faith in saints. We do so because they still care. We do so because they continue to intercede for us. We should then believe that God hears the prayers of His saints because they are not there because of how much they did for the Church, but for how much they loved Christ.
The Gospel Today
Luke 4: 38 – 44
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.
At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.
At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.