January 26, 2018
Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the Kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”
“To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.
Reflection (Sem. Rodel D. Aclan)
One of our formators here in the seminary pointed out in one of his homilies that we often liken priests to the laborers in the Gospel that we should pray to the master to send more laborers to do the harvest.
Perhaps, it never came to our mind that we could also be these laborers whom God may send. But in fact, we are those laborers that He sent to do the harvest. Through the baptism that we received, we also share not only in Jesus’ death and resurrection but also in His mission, which He has entrusted to His disciples. We are also tasked with the same mission like them; to proclaim the Kingdom of God in every home. Thus, Jesus also tells us what he told to the seventy- two disciples that he sent: we should not bring anything in going to our mission.
In our world today, perhaps it is not easy to do what Jesus commanded the first disciples to bring nothing. We might argue that we need them in order to be effective in our mission. It might be true, but I think it is not only about the provisions and belongings that Jesus wants us to be free from. I believe He wants us to be dependent on Him. He wants us to trust the One who sent us. Everything that we need will be provided by Him. All we need to do is to focus on our mission.
My mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God will not start after my ordination to the priesthood. It starts now being a seminarian. My everyday life is full of occasions where I can proclaim Jesus to the members of my seminary community, my family and the people I encounter as I undergo my seminary formation.