1 December 2018. Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Rodel D. O. Aclan)
In the Gospel, we are given two situations that we should be aware of – carousing or drunkenness and anxieties of daily life. Both situations are deeply rooted in the attachments we have in this world. One is on the worldly happiness and the other is from worrying too much in the affairs of the world. Both will lead us away from the Lord.
This is also true in my life as a seminarian. There are times when everything seems to be happy. There is a feeling of contentment and peace of mind. Everything is going well. The feeling is surreal that I would want to remain in this state of life. But if my happiness will only mean comfort and a worry free life, this will impede my growth in my priestly formation. Priestly life anyway is not a life of comfort. The life of a priest is, in fact, always confronted by challenges.
On the other hand, there are times that I almost succumb to the challenges of the seminary formation. I became focused on the things that I needed to know, acquire or develop in order to progress in the formation. While they are important and necessary, they should not dampen my seminary life to the extent of being miserable, forgetting all the goodness of God and focused on what is lacking in me.
The Gospel today invites me to be ready. And to be ready, above all, is to be focused in God. No amount of happiness in this world should overshadow God in my life. Trials and challenges should not cause me anxieties because though they bring pain and sufferings, they are also bearer of God’s grace which will enable me to stand against challenges and kneel before God with humility.
The Gospel Today
Lk. 21: 34 – 36
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”