The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
Then Peter said,
“Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied,
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
whom the master will put in charge of his servants
to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, he will put him
in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself,
‘My master is delayed in coming,’
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
to eat and drink and get drunk,
then that servant’s master will come
on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish the servant severely
and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master’s will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
shall be beaten severely;
and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
shall be beaten only lightly.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
Reflection Sem. (Jeffrey A. Danan)
Today’s Gospel allowed me to ask myself as a priest-in-process, “How am I ready to face my everyday formation in the seminary?”
The year 2006 was very remarkable to me. After the long years of schooling, finally, I finished my college degree in architecture and I was ready for another challenge – to find a stable job. Luckily, in less than a month after my graduation, I was hired as a supervisor in one of the leading real estate companies in the country. I was in heaven at that time thinking that I can provide myself whatever I wanted to have; I can travel to places where I wanted to go. But some good things never last.
My father left us at that same year due to his sudden death. I needed to change my perspective in life and embrace the position as the “father” of our family. I needed to look for a greener pasture. I need to balance my personal leisure with my time at home for the family. It was really a life-changing experience for me at a young age. I even felt the need to hide my emotions then. I could not show my hurts because I must show courage even at the middle of my human weaknesses and limitations.
I don’t think that I can really be ready to lose a person who is so dear to me. But Gods knows what is best and it will eventually lead us to accept the inevitable. Life is a teacher. It teaches things that we don’t want to experience but we have to. I’ve learned that life must always go on and to be always ready and as a Boy Scout would say it, “Laging Handa!” (always prepared). I can never really know what will happen next so I live each day as if it is my last. I always give my best shot!