The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
As Jesus drew near Jerusalem,
he saw the city and wept over it, saying,
“If this day you only knew what makes for peace–
but now it is hidden from your eyes.
For the days are coming upon you
when your enemies will raise a palisade against you;
they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
and they will not leave one stone upon another within you
because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
Reflection (Sem. Kein Harvey P. Chito)
Everybody loves it. Every human seeks it. You and me long for peace in this life.
Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace,” helped me to further reflect on the question, “As a seminarian, do I consider my life peaceful?”
This is quite hard to ponder. Believe me. Asking yourself if your life is peaceful is a very tough question. Behind this question is an answer that seeks the truth.
When I started to write my book on 2013, I felt the sacredness of that mission. To me, being an author is more than just sharing information but it is more of transforming human souls who are hungry and longing for peace. Writing a book was never an easy task. There were times that ideas were not coming to me. There were moments when I just stared on my blank word document file because there were no perfect, exact and right words to say. Through the grace of God, after several months, I was able to publish my book through the help of a very supportive publisher.
Just like in writing, sometimes there are no perfect, exact and right words to say whenever I experience difficulties in life. It is as if peace is not present. It is as if God is nowhere to be found. But the seminary formation hones me each day. I learned that God is always present. He is always there to embrace and cheer me up. God is the true source of peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
Again, there are days that seminary formation is really challenging but whenever I go back and focus on Jesus, I feel relieved because I know that there is a Big God who can handle my petty problems. My problems become small whenever I go back to the reality that Jesus is such an incredible Brother. He is there to guide me. He is at my side when I need someone to lean on to. He is always at my back whenever I need someone to push me towards the fulfillment of my dream to be a priest.
So where is peace? To me, peace is a gift from Jesus. Peace is not just the absence of war or conflicts but it is about the presence of the love of God in my life.
Peace. It might be really hard to find but I know it is possible. We believe it is doable.Peace be with you!