4 December 2018. Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent
Reflection (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
One of the formation programs for the students in the previous school where I worked is called “search – in program “. What we emphasized in the process of the formation is the student’s relationship with their parents, friends, and God. It was a humbling experience to journey with young people who treasured their relationships with their parents, though they experienced challenges, like those whose parents working abroad. I appreciated their desire and hope for their respective family and the love that they experience in their family. I joined them in prayer for the intentions of their families.
In today ‘s Gospel, Jesus revealed to us the Father. In doing such, He showed us his relationship with His Father and the Will of the Father. Thus, we know who the Father is!
To know Jesus is to know the Father. Such knowledge has made me a Christian, a believer and follower of Christ. The foundation of a Christian mission is in the relationship of the Son to his Father and how the Son revealed that relationship to his followers. So being a Christian is a gift of the revealed love of the Father to His Son, who is Jesus Christ. Just as St. Therese of the Child Jesus said, “my vocation is love”, I would say, my mission as a Christian is to love, because it is the Will of the Father and is incarnated in the person of Jesus Christ.
In all aspects of the seminary formation, my response is not just for compliance but to be more loving to the God who called me to this vocation primarily because I have experienced His love unconditionally in my life.
The Gospel Today
Lk. 10: 21-24
Jesus 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.”