15 November 2019. Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Eric Martin G. Jimenez)
Do not turn back! This is one of the commands Jesus told His Apostles. What does Jesus mean in this command? Was Jesus telling them to stand their ground on what they have started?
I remember my first days in Holy Apostles Senior Seminary, especially the first week when we had our orientation and retreat. During the retreat, it’s as if I have experienced the saddest days of my life. The topic was about a broken vessel. It was during this time that all memories became fresh in my mind. It was during those days that I was reminded of who I am, who, where, and what I have been. It reminded me of the feeling of unworthiness that comes from within. It’s as if my past was haunting me. I was afraid, but yet I am also ready. I was afraid to leave the formation to priesthood and be open to other new possibilities. During those moments, I was in tears, in front of the Lord, and I lamented and asked Him what He wanted from me. I remember my spiritual father telling me before I entered the seminary, “It will be less difficult for you this time because you already know how seminary life is.” My past seem to be a hindrance for me to continue. But here I am after 173 days striving to do what I believe to be “the will of the Father”.
The Gospel is telling us not only to commit to our words but to have a listening heart that is able to do what Jesus says; to let go of everything and let God lead us to wherever He wishes to bring us. If God’s will is our priority over everything, we will never fall short. In the same way, the Gospel is inviting us to surrender everything to Him including all that we have to focus on Him who gazes upon us always. Because if we are focused on Him, everything will be easy because we know we are not alone in our journey, may we always encounter the ever living love of the Holy Trinity.
The Gospel Today
Luke 17: 26 – 37
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather.”