By Sem. Jobert Gatmaitan
When I was a child, whenever a friend asks me to believe what he saw, I always reply, “I will believe in you but on one condition”. This is how I usually look at things. There is always a condition before I believe something.
The Gospel for tomorrow reminds me of changing my perspective; to turn my gaze not on myself but on Jesus. We saw in the Gospel how the Scribes were so focused on their own agendas and conditions rather than looking beyond themselves to see the truth. This scenario invites me to throw away my selfish conditions and look more to Jesus. By focusing on Him I can recognize the truth about Him. By looking at Him, all selfish desires can be eliminated and what remains is His love. As a priest-in-process, it is important to me to be Christ-centered so that the mission entrusted to me in this ministry can be clearer because it is directed by the love of God. It encourages me to believe more in love. Believing in love is focusing on Jesus. It is putting Christ as the center of our lives. He, being the center of my life, can bring a transformation of heart that I need to become a better person and a good priest in the future. I pray to the Lord for this grace and that this love of His can make my whole being focused on Him.
THE GOSPEL TODAY
As they were coming down from the mountain,
the disciples asked Jesus,
“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.