Friday, September 26, 2014
25th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Eccl 3:1-11
Gospel: Luke 9:18-22
One day when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, he asked them, “What do people say about me?” And they answered, “Some say that you are John the Baptist; others say that you are Elijah, and still others that you are one of the former prophets risen from the dead.” Again Jesus asked them, “Who then do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” Then Jesus spoke to them, giving them strict orders not to tell this to anyone.
And he added, “The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the Law, and put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
We have heard of the personality development theory called Johari Window, named after the combination of the first names of its inventors Joseph Luft and Harry Ingram. According to this theory, self-knowledge falls into four quadrants, namely, the open, the blind, the hidden and the unknown quadrant.
To the open quadrant belong personal information known to you and the public. Those known to the public alone and unknown to yourself belong to the second quadrant called the blind quadrant. The third quadrant contains those known only to you and not to the public. The fourth quadrant is called the unknown quadrant. It contains information that are neither known to you nor to the public.
The Johari window enriches our understanding of today’s Gospel reading. When Jesus asked feedback about himself from his disciples he was operating from the second quadrant. However, it was not for purposes of self-improvement; it was to provoke the disciples into deeper reflection of their knowledge of who he was.
The best feedback Jesus got came from Peter who said: “You are the Messiah of God.” It was not the perfect answer, though. While it sounded politically correct, it did not capture the mission-vision of Jesus on earth, a mission-vision that ruled out the concept of earthly kingship. Peter’s answer certainly embraced this concept, and it only heightened the peoples’ thirst to hasten the formation of a revolutionary government that would crush the Roman invaders.
Today’s Gospel reading challenges us to answer the same question Jesus asked his disciples. Who is Jesus to us? We may find this question irrelevant thinking we are religious enough to know Jesus so well. But the Johari window invites us to explore the other quadrants of self knowledge so that we may not stagnate. By humbly reflecting upon the blind and the unknown quadrants we see the possibility that we might not be as religious as we think after all. In seeking to know Jesus more we lessen our tendency towards hypocrisy and veer away from split-level Christianity. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father, grant us the desire to know you more by knowing Jesus and putting his commandment of love into practice. Grant this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINTS OF THE DAY: Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Patrons of Physicians. They were twin brothers from Arabia. After completing their medical studies in Syria, they settled at Aegea in Cilicia, where they became skillful physicians. Their work of charity and their practice of the Christian Faith led many people to Christ. In 283, during the persecution under Diocletian, they were first crucified and then beheaded. Many miracles of healing were ascribed to them. Sometimes they appeared to the sick people in their sleep and prescribed for them the right cure. Several churches were built in honor of the two martyrs and a beautiful basilica in Rome is one of them. Many people especially those in the medical profession, pray to these martyrs who spread Christianity through their acts of mercy and their strength and courage in welcoming the persecution they suffered from the enemies of the Church.