8 March 2019. Friday after Ash Wednesday
Reflection (Sem. Jobert Martin S. Gatmaitan)
I remember when my Auntie came to our house to visit us. I was the one who took care of the things needed. While she was in our house, I was busy cleaning the house, preparing food for her, washing the dishes. When suddenly my Auntie said to me. “Why are you so busy? Can’t you see I am here? You don’t have to worry on so many things.” This is very true in my life. There are instances where my vision becomes blurred because I am so focused on so many things. These things that I am so focused on impaired my sight.
Like the disciples of John in the Gospel they are so focused on so many things. They are so focused on the rigidity of the law and on their own self-interests. This makes them blind to what really is important. They forgot to look on Jesus. This season of Lent, the Gospel is reminding me to re-focus my life on Jesus and to focus on His love. By making my eyes fixed on Him I will be able to see clearer and I will be able to love more as Jesus did. This is an everyday invitation to me. To see clearer, I need to focus on God’s love. As a priest in process, it is the Love of God that leads and guides me to my purpose in life and that is to love.
The Gospel Today
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.”