10 July 2019. Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. John Reyman S. Dabuet)
The calling and commissioning of the Twelve Apostles always remind me of my own vocation. In the calling of the Apostles, I envision myself as one of the twelve and sharing in the mission Jesus wants us to fulfill: teaching, preaching, healing, even driving away evil spirits, and proclaiming God’s Kingdom. I know there is too much to learn and accomplish until I become a priest. There are still many challenges and hardships, amid blessings and triumphs, to face as a seminarian in formation, but I think having a vision as grand as becoming like the Apostles is a good motivation “to keep on keeping on”. This is actually one of the mottos shared to me by one of my life’s mentors: to keep on keeping on, means to persevere in persevering, or strive in striving. The redundancy in pushing forward make it a good reminder to keep going. I believe, as the Apostles, continued to follow Jesus, even when He was gone, they have had many tribulations and sufferings. But they kept on, they persevered, and they gave their all. With the exception of Judas, they finished as the strong and ardent Apostles they once were when Jesus first called them.
Hopefully, by God’s grace, I may be able to keep on keeping on in this vocation. Like the Apostles, I would like to persevere and give my all for Jesus Christ who calls me.
The Gospel Today
Matthew 10: 1 – 7
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:
first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew,
Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot
who betrayed Jesus.
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
“Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”