November 18, 2017
Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter and of St. Paul
The Gospel Today
Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.'”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
In the Gospel, Jesus was telling the disciples to pray without becoming weary. I was invited to look back on my experiences during our Clinical Pastoral Education Program last summer. All participants in the program were to minister to the patients in a certain hospital. Every time we have our visits, I always prayed that I would be assigned to the old patients in the hospital because I was afraid of irate patients. I was always looking for comfort but unfortunately I was always assigned to the areas where I was afraid of. There, I came to realize how hard it was to face my own issues in life as I follow Christ. But I thank God because I did not feel tired of praying to Him.
With human formation, I was transformed and I continue to discover how to respond to my emotions as a priest-in-process. The lessons I have learned in CPE made me a better and more careful listener. I also learned the techniques of observing the nonverbal cues given by persons during conversation. These have been very valuable to me. I am constantly reminded of the lessons I have learned in the seminary formation. It truly is a life-changing experience.
Relating my experiences and realizations in formation to the teachings of Jesus, it has a great impact to me on how to follow Christ. A simple understanding of the scriptural passage for me is not enough because it needs human formation in order to apply it in our lives. How happy are we to hear the teaching of Jesus, but to apply it in our lives is not an easy thing. We really need each other to learn new things and to do well in our lives. Through prayer, I gained courage to face those difficulties in following the steps of Christ.