The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”
Reflection (Sem. Justin G. Gatus)
Before entering the seminary, whenever I would hear an instruction or something that requires my decision, I would do it and follow it blindly. Since childhood, I have valued obedience as one of the most important virtues in my life. Whenever an instruction is given to me, I immediately follow and obey whatever it may be, even if sometimes I feel that I really don’t need to do it.
I remember in one of my portfolios, in the dedication part, my mother’s message for me went like this, “I know you’ll grow up to be a good and a law-abiding citizen.” Since then, that message gave me more reason to hold on to obedience as one of my core values.
Upon entering the seminary, one of the thoughts that was first introduced to us was that “You can never go wrong with obedience.” But as days went by, there was also this thought that sometimes I need to challenge and reflect on a certain instruction, rule or decision even if it is already accepted by the majority. To challenge is to know what is the reason behind the instruction.
One memorable question was, why do we have to have a free afternoon? What is the wisdom behind it? We just do not go do whatever we want to do during our free time but this is also a time to break away from the monotony of the seminary life. If maybe for a month you will not have your free afternoon and you’ll just stay and do your requirements, I think you will feel stressed and you will lose the zeal and the passion you have as compared with those who are having their free afternoon! We have to know why are we doing the things we are doing.
The Gospel invites us to follow Christ actively. Let us not just be passive listeners to the Word. We must reflect on it and try to challenge ourselves in applying it immediately so that we may be able to call ourselves brothers of Jesus.
In my seminary formation, from now on, I will see to it that I reflect on the reason behind a certain task and I will ask questions if something is not clear. I will not just follow it blindly just because of compliance and belongingness in the group.