Monday, July 9, 2012

Gospel Reflection

July 09, 2012

First Reading:               Hosea 2:16-18, 21-22  
Psalm:                         Psalm 145:2-9  
Gospel:                        Matthew 9:18-26

18 While he was thus speaking to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." 19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. 20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; 21 for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well." 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. 23 And when Jesus came to the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd making a tumult, 24 he said, "Depart; for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went through all that district.


In life, there are two events. One is called ‘intrusive events’. These are external events that come from without. Those that come unexpectedly like an illness, problem with a relationship, sudden death, etc. And there is what we call ‘internal upspring’ - those that come from within us, like disappointments, attacks of guilt, anger, etc. Sometimes, it is the intrusive events that bring about the internal upspring within us.

Minsan nga daw sobrang tagal na ng intrusive events, ng mga pagsubok sa buhay na di natin alam kung kailan ba matatapos, kung ano at kailan ang kasagutan.
But let us not lose hope and instead strengthen our faith more. Let us pray that God may guide us through these challenges. Who knows – these events may be God’s way of re-ordering things for us. God is always with us in trying times. And with God, we do not lose, but we become.