October 7, 2017
Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
The Gospel Today
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus,
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power
‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy
and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
In the Gospel, Jesus’ prayer contains a warning that sins can keep us from the love and knowledge of God. What are the things that make my life a “hell”? I would like to share my significant experience when I lost my way which I consider as living in hell. I remember during my college days when I attempted to abandon my faith in God. Because of unending sufferings, I doubted if there really is a God who should always be there to help me. I used to pray every day after I left my parents during my younger years but sometimes I felt that the problems were too heavy for me. Then I started asking God why He let me suffer such things. I was like living in hell during that time.
Struggles and sufferings in life brought me into nothingness, but now I realize that being aware of these things made me respond better to others. Even though I blamed God for the sufferings that I had experience during my younger years, I still answered the call to priesthood because I want to follow His steps. Sometimes I feel like giving up on following the steps of Christ but I still continue to travel the road of hope because I know that it is my duty to aspire for holiness. The workman will become a saint in the workplace, the student will become a saint through his studies, and a seminarian will become a saint by faithfully fulfilling his seminary formation. Every step along the road to sanctity has many crises to be overcome. But I believe that it is a step of sacrifice in the performance of my duty as a follower of Christ.