The Gospel Today
Jn 1: 29-34
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said,
‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’
I did not know him,
but the reason why I came baptizing with water
was that he might be made known to Israel.”
John testified further, saying,
“I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky
and remain upon him.
I did not know him,
but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”
Reflection (Sem. Danichi Hui)
Most of my friends who knew that I will be entering the seminary asked me one question; why will I enter the seminary? It may sound easy to answer by just saying that I have a “calling”, but I know they will not understand or they will not believe me. Well, even I myself had doubts about the “calling” that I have. I know I do not have to explain to anyone about my decision, but it was also good that everything was clear to me before I made my decision, so I answered every questioned they asked me. I do not want to romanticize but that was how I got the “call” that I heard. It all started when I fell in love with God.
I have known Jesus since I was a child through my parents and teachers. They were the ones who taught me how to pray. Little did I know, that as my belief in Him grew, so my love for Him as well. But it was during the time I had a feeling of emptiness and longing in my life that I genuinely felt God’s presence. I never felt His presence the way I did during those moments, and it was so real that I could not but just be happy about it. There was a different kind of peace and happiness that came to my life that I never found in any thing that I have. It was a different kind of happiness that I had from having a good job, from having a loving family, for being able to buy and do everything that I want, for having the capacity to help others because I have the means or for being able to travel which I really love doing. It was a different happiness that I could give up all those things in my life for a life of service with and for God.
In the Gospel Jesus invited the first disciples to come and follow Him. It may not be easy to obey Him since following Him would mean that they would leave their lives and their loved ones, but they still followed Him because they believe that He is the Messiah; a title that was given to Jesus; something He did not regard Himself of.
No one would understand something if it is not believed. No one would know something if it is not been experienced. No one would ever know the real answer to the question “Why did I enter the seminary?” but me. Now that I am already in the seminary, I also ask God questions about many things. I ask Him because I believe He has the answers and I know because I experienced His movement in my life.