June 22, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 6:24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

Reflection (Sem. Ramon Jamora, Jr.):

I believe that the Gospel is applicable to almost any relationships. Fidelity is one important value which we cannot take for granted. Let us take for example a couple, if one of them becomes unfaithful, the partner would surely be mad or get angry to the other. Perhaps, it’s also true in friendship; best friends would prefer to go with each other than other common friends. All the more to God, He wants us to be with Him, He does everything to bring us back to Him. He constantly invites us to devote ourselves to Him.

Vocation to the priesthood is one example. God calls young men to serve Him in the priestly ministry. There is a whisper, an invisible voice that lingers in our being that drives us to search for God deeper. There is an inner longing to be with God, an unexplainable discomfort that only God can ease. In my experience, there is a constant longing to be with God at any time of the day. There are just times that my thoughts would only long for God and nothing else. As much as I want to explain or give meaning to it, I cannot. I can only submit myself to this longing and that is to spend time with Him before the Blessed Sacrament.

Before I entered the seminary and was still working as a branch accountant, there were times that I would be idle and thoughts enter my mind that what if God wants me to be a priest? There were also times that I would skip lunch just to attend mass in a nearby school because I longed to be with God. There were also instances that I would join my father to hear mass early in the morning. These were not the only times that I felt an inner drive to be with God.

I believe it was God’s soft voice whispering that He wants me to be with Him. Because God really wants us to set our minds straight to Him, He would communicate to us in His own way and pull us to Him. May be it is good to pause at this moment and offer a short prayer asking God for the vocation that He wants you to pursue. This sharing might be God’s way of calling you to priesthood, the religious life, married life or single blessedness? Feel God in the ordinary and allow Him to dwell in you. Maybe God is jealous right now because you are thinking of something else. Maybe at this very moment, God wants you only to be with Him.

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