Where My Heart Is


6 December 2018. Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Reflection (Sem. Peter Collin Crisostomo)

One day while I was browsing on the internet, I came across a post regarding a particular sect whose minister believed that he was the new owner of the world. I find the post controversial because how can a particular person own the whole world? I even thought that he might be out of his mind. But I was surprised that he had many followers. Was he luring them or bribing them? These questions still stirred my mind as to how, why and where these things were happening. Did he really have a firm foundation of what he was saying?

The Gospel today reminds me to zero in on the events that might shake my faith. As a Catholic and a student of Theology, I have the duty to defend my faith. But to do that I need to have a syncretistic mind and heart that is rooted and firmly founded in Christ.

The theological formation is giving me a foretaste of what to expect after my formation as a seminarian. I need to be equipped and I thank God for letting me experience the seminary formation. Though I still know a little about theology because I am just starting my formation, I know that God puts me here and He wants me here so that I can serve the Church which He founded.

Like the saint we are celebrating today, St. Nicholas, who is known to have attended the First Nicaean Council which condemned the Arian heresy, we are invited also by today’s Gospel to know where our heart is and where are faith is rooted upon. Is it in Christ or not?

The Gospel Today
Matthew 7: 21, 24-27

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

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