19 October 2019. Saturday of the Twenty-eight Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Ryan Tristan O. Digan)
“For the Holy Spirit will teach at that moment what you should say” – These are powerful words of assurance from Jesus especially for those who are too afraid or too shy to speak the word of God to people.
One time during our apostolate day in the New Bilibid Prison, the elder of the Couples for Christ, upon our arrival, requested us to speak in front of the crowd of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) or the “Inmates.” My companions and I were pushing each other on who will speak because we were actually not prepared since our main purpose of going there was just to talk to them individually. Nonetheless, I took the opportunity to speak up in behalf of them. Honestly, I was also fearful at first for I did not know what to say to them, but I believe it was the work of the Holy Spirit that moved me to open my mouth and say the words that I have spoken. The PDL’s listened attentively and I really saw in their eyes their eagerness to listen.
There is one thing that I realized from this occasion. When I speak from the heart and not from my mind, I observed that I am more spontaneous and people really listen attentively. Moreover, my feeling of fear easily subsides everytime I allow God to take control. To me, it is an indication that the Holy Spirit works more in my heart and not in my mind for if it is the other way around, then there is a tendency that the words I will utter will just be coming from me and not really from God. The invitation therefore to me now is to be faithful and dependent on God, and to submit myself to Him, including the words that I speak and the things that I do, because I have more strength in doing those things with and for God.
The Gospel Today
Luke 12: 8 – 12
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.”