October 11, 2017
Wednesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”
Reflection (Sem. John Mark G. dela Cruz)
Indeed, making a decision is very challenging but what makes the process tougher is making a choice between two good things. Choosing between good and bad options is another story but the challenge really lies on choosing between two good options.
Being a healer of the body and a healer of soul are two different things but both are good in nature and noble vocation. And trying to make a choice between these options necessitates discernment and proper disposition. This was my dilemma before entering the seminary formation.
To be a doctor is undeniably a noble vocation. I have dedicated more than 10 years to the craft of healing. It was such a privilege having the opportunity to serve people most especially those who are weighed down by their infirmities or diseases. You can be an instrument of God’s healing hand.
But I was called to another noble vocation, to be a healer of the souls.But before responding to that call, I had to make a choice. I had to discern carefully. It was in deed a tough decision to make. I was torn between two good options. And it was a struggle for me. I had to consider a lot of things and persons in my life. I have to be detached to any of those options for me to be able to arrive at a good decision. And my discernment was supported by the prayers of people around me. Through much prayer, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I was able to make a decision.
Making a good choice between two good options is really challenging. The gospel today invites me to let God direct us. His preference over ours must be our choice,His will and not ours.