Monday, October 22, 2012

Gospel Reflection

October 22, 2012
Monday – Weekday – Year of Faith
by Rev. Fr. Prudencio 'Jun' T. Solomon (Rector and Parish Priest)
(Archdiocesan Shrine of the Our Lady of Loreto Parish, Sampaloc Manila)Guest Priest, Lunch Mass at EDSA Shrine/Shire of Mary, Queen of Peace/Our Lady of Peace Quasi-Parish

Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10

Brothers and sisters: You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh, following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 4ab, 4c-5

R. (3b) The Lord made us, we belong to him.
Sing joyfully to the LORD all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise.
R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.
Give thanks to him; bless his name, for he is good:
the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.

Gospel Lk 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me." He replied to him, "Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?" Then he said to the crowd, "Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions."

Then he told them a parable. "There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, 'What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?' And he said, 'This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, 'Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!'" But God said to him, 'You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?' Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God."


Ano ang ibig sabihin ng salitang "sayang"? Kailan ba natin nasasabing "sayang" ang isang bagay? Kapag hindi na natin nagagamit ang isang bagay nang tama at angkop sa dapat nitong paggamitan, sinasabi nating "sayang". Kapag may pinaglalaanan tayo, kapag may pinagbubuhusan tayo ng oras, ng lakas at buhay, pero walang nangyari, sinasabi nating "sayang". Kapag nauwi sa wala ang lahat ng ating pinagpaguran, sinasabi nating "sayang". Kapag nawalan ng saysay ang ating mga pinagsusumikapan, masasabi din nating "sayang". At kapag ganito ang nangyari, tayo ay nanghihinayang, tayo ay nanlulumo, tayo ay nanghihina.
Alam po ninyo mga ginigiliw kong mga kapatid, ang buhay din natin ngayong buong araw ay maaari ding masayang. Pero ang tanong - para saan ba ang buhay natin ngayong araw na ito? Anu-ano ba ang ginugugulan natin ng oras, ng panahon, ng lakas at kakayahan? May patutunguhan ba ang ating maghapon? O baka naman masasayang lang ito?
Isang tanong lang kaibigan. Ang buhay mo ba ay isang pag-aaksaya? Ang buhay mo ba ay isang paghahanda? Sa dapithapon ng ating buhay, sasabihin kaya ng Diyos sa atin - walang saysay, nakapanghihinayang, sayang.
Mga kapatid, para saan ang buhay natin? Ang maghapong ito, para saan?