The Promise

The Promise

August 5, 2017
Saturday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Matthew 14:1-12

Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus
and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist.
He has been raised from the dead;
that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison
on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,
for John had said to him,
“It is not lawful for you to have her.”
Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people,
for they regarded him as a prophet.
But at a birthday celebration for Herod,
the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests
and delighted Herod so much
that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for.
Prompted by her mother, she said,
“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests who were present,
he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison.
His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl,
who took it to her mother.
His disciples came and took away the corpse
and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)

I am a pleaser. Whatever I promise to a certain person should be granted like Herod in the gospel who promised to give whatever might be asked by the daughter of Herodias. They say that promises are made to be broken, but for me, I will really do everything to fulfill my promises.

Let me share this experience that I have before I became a seminarian. I was in the dark moment. At that moment I really felt lost. I was so down and I did not know how to fight for the life that I want. I dreamt to be a successful man and to have my own family. But the time was not in favor with my desires during that time, and I was always unsuccessful in what I was doing. I did not know if it is God who really worked in me, but during my down times, I always went to the church to see a priest to have my confession and counselling. It was really a different kind of joy that I felt whenever I was enlightened by the words of encouragement by the priest. That is the time that I made my promise to God that I will give up everything particularly my profession and enter priesthood. Then I started to open up my plan to my friends and I did everything to convince them to help me. Luckily God provided me a person that was willing to help me in my studies for the priesthood. I felt ashamed to his person because he was also the one who also helped me in my studies in college. I felt guilty for leaving my profession and pursue priesthood. But as I reflect on it, maybe it is God who really helped my promise to be fulfilled. I do not know if it is weird to say that I did this promise to please God for being always there for me. The bottom line is I am just doing my best to fulfill my promise to God that I will serve Him all the days of my life.

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