Challenge to be Grateful

25 November 2019. Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reflection (Sem. Keith R. Buenaventura)

Seminary formation helps me find genuine peace and security before God and others, because I have experienced God’s loving care. God has always taken care of me, so that I can trust God enough to keep providing and caring for me even as I also give much of myself to others in greater need. In other words, “pagtitiwala na hindi ako mauubusan.” I experience here that I can be genuinely happy to find others receiving things I don’t have because I know I have also received much from God.

            Today’s Gospel invites us to have deep gratitude. The widow’s action is not just an ability to see what is essential and has higher apostolic value, but having a simplicity that is rooted in generosity. It challenges me to see what more I can give. While it is a big privilege to have a personal room here in the seminary, it is a call for me to live simply, up to the point of living in poverty. I am called to follow Christ despite of my nothingness. The Gospel challenges us to be grateful to everything that we have which all come from God. And this challenges us more to be generous to others as well.

            Through our seminary formation, I guess God is working to reform my life of lavishness into a life of surrendering to His own will. Seminary formation is a big help to nourish a living relationship with our loving and provident God. This makes me aware of the many gifts that God is giving me every day, even long before I ask for the things I need. Living in simplicity makes me realize that I have a God who has already thought out in great detail the graces I need day by day. I pray that as I continue living here in the seminary, I would be simple and forever grateful in the midst of many privileges given to us.

The Gospel Today

Luke 21: 1 – 4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

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