Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.
September 16, 2018 - Sunday
Gospel: Mark 8:27-33
And He charged them not to tell anyone about Him
Regarding the stuff we desire in our life, there is our time and then there is God's time. And all the time, God's timing is the best. Often in the Gospels, we hear Jesus telling the disciples not to tell anyone about Him. It is the same in today's passage when the disciples acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, a divine revelation. Its likely that Jesus felt people would misunderstand if the disciples spread the word about Him at that time. When He was resurrected and conquered death, it was then that He commissioned the disciples to go to the ends of the earth to spread the Word.
Are there moments too when we experience Jesus telling us to wait? Telling us gently, it is not yet time? In the same way that there is divine revelation, there is divine patience! It is a patience that is founded on our faith in God's plan and our hope that God knows best. It is also a patience that comes from prayer, from listening to God's voice in our day to day life.
In the gospel reading, its mentioned that Jesus "spoke plainly". Its the same with us. God speaks to us plainly and constantly throughout our day. Let us strive always to keep attuned to Him as He encourages us to keep up our faith. When we are waiting for something good to happen, wait in faith. When we are waiting for the solution to a problem, wait in faith. When we want so much to say something but feel that its not the right time, wait in faith.
Lord, may we trust in You that You make things happen in the perfect time. Help us to keep close to You that we may wait in faith as the moment demand