Friday, October 03, 2014
26th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Jb 38:1,12-21;40:3-5
Gospel: Luke 10:13-16
Jesus said, “Alas for you Chorazin! Alas for you Bethsaida! So many miracles have been worked in you! If the same miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would already be sitting in ashes and wearing the sackcloth of repentance. Surely for Tyre and Sidon it will be better than for you on the Judgment Day. And what of you, city of Capernaum? Will you be lifted up to heaven? You will be thrown down to the place of the dead.
“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me; and he who rejects me, rejects the one who sent me.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Today’s Gospel reading always reminds me of the late Ivan Suansing who served as Cebu Daily News Editor-in-Chief before he died. I talked to Ivan at the ICU the night before he underwent heart surgery. The operation was not successful and he died the following day, September 29, 2005. I could sense that he was aware of the proximity of death that night. He had his fears, not about himself but about the people he was to leave behind. He mentioned his two children, his wife and Cebu Daily News. I was impressed by his altruism at a moment when he was supposed to think about himself because he had very little time left.
The passing away of friends as others-oriented as Ivan make us appreciate the gift of life. If God were to give our life to dying persons bargaining for a few more days or even hours for altruistic causes, this life of ours would definitely get better treatment. Many people squander life in self-centered pursuits as if life has no better purpose. Life is so sacred and too precious to be spent solely for the self. It is desecrated in the hands of people whose main preoccupation is to get intoxicated by everything that the world offers.
Jesus’ warning to the Jews about miracles pricks our consciences. He said, “If the same miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would already be sitting in ashes and wearing the sackcloth of repentance.” We are as non-responsive as the Jews in our appreciation of life. Give it to prayerful cancer patients and they would be rocking the world with their good works by now. Give it to the martyrs and they would be flooding the world with expiatory blood by now. St. Lorenzo Ruiz said it: “Had I a thousand lives I will offer it to the Lord.”
Let us take a second look at the life we are wasting and make resolve to allocate the remaining part of it to the service of others. Offering our life to others generally translates to the offering of our life to the Lord. This is because the Lord takes it personally whatever we do to the least of our brothers and sisters. Would that like Ivan, we’d still be thinking of others at the moment of our death! – 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 help us to be responsible for the life you have given us by being of service to our fellowmen through Christ our Lord, Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: St. Gerard of Brogne. Born in 895, he came from a family of noble birthright. He entered a monastery and soon became an Abbot. He spent his life working at reforms and died at age 64.