Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and Timothy our brother,
to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:
grace to you and peace from God our Father.
We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you,
for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and the love that you have for all the holy ones
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.
Of this you have already heard
through the word of truth, the Gospel, that has come to you.
Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing,
so also among you,
from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth,
as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow slave,
who is a trustworthy minister of Christ on your behalf
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
PS 52:10, 11
R. (10) I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
I, like a green olive tree
in the house of God,
Trust in the mercy of God
forever and ever.
R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
I will thank you always for what you have done,
and proclaim the goodness of your name
before your faithful ones.
R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.
At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.
At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
“…when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” (Luke 4:42-43)
I remember watching a TVC from Jollibee when I was kid. It really touched my heart and at a young age taught me to give, give, give. The TVC was themed for the upcoming season, it was one of Jollibee’s yearly campaign’s for Christmas entitled MaAga ang Pasko (Start Christmas Early). It starts with a kid hugging her teddy bear, then passing by an empty box that was ready to receive any toy or gift that can be given to the less fortunate. Her parents loaded the box with all the other toys they brought, leaving just the teddy bear that the kid was holding. It was her favorite toy and she was always happy with it so she didn’t want to donate it. But a few moments later, she finally drops it into the box, holds her mom’s hand and smiles. The teddy bear reaches another girl, who is ecstatic and very happy to get this particular teddy bear.
The crowds in today’s gospel experienced Jesus’ miracles and heard his teachings, and they wanted Him to stay and heal more people. However, Jesus knew that He was called for a purpose and that is to proclaim the same Good News that the crowds heard and saw, to others as well, to others who probably need it more. Just as how the crowds didn’t want to share Jesus to others, and how the kid in Jollibee’s TVC didn’t want to donate her teddy bear, sometimes we want to keep the nice things we have to ourselves. And this happens not only with our material things, but also in the talents that the Lord blessed us with. We tend to become selfish for fear of losing something we were happy to have or for fear of being judged on what we can only give. But Jesus is telling us to give and share. Give and share what we have and who we are. Share your material blessings. Share yourself. Share Jesus. Share the blessing of having personally experienced Christ by being Jesus-like to others as well.
Dear Jesus, bless me to be like you that I may be an instrument of showing your love and mercy to others. Amen.