By Sem. Glicerio T. Tano
Jesus took time to pray amidst His busy schedule in His ministry. He drew strength from
prayer. As I reflect on the Gospel, I asked myself, where do I draw my strength in everyday challenges in the formation? What keeps me busy all the time? Am I doing God’s will, or am I just satisfying my own desires in life?
As a seminarian, the Gospel is a great challenge for me to re-evaluate myself on the
things that make me busy every day. Managing my time properly is a constant struggle for me.
Here in the seminary, it is very tempting to be always busy with the things that I can always earn praise. As I examine myself, I realize that I am very busy with the things that I am able to do, like playing the piano. I give so much time in practicing and developing my musical talent, because it is where I earn praises. Unfortunately, I even do not put so much time on academics because I never earn praise on it. I think I always draw strength on my own comfort zones and capacities, rather than sharing my time with others, and have personal time with God.
Jesus in the Gospel drew strength from prayer, and He knew how to fade away from the
spotlight and detach himself from His “comfort zone.” This is also an invitation for me to go out from my own comfort zones. As I continue to configure my life to Christ, this reminds me to be aware that I am always called to the life of prayer, other-centered, sacrifice, self-denial, and service, rather that the life of comfort and being praised.
“If prayer leads us into a deeper unity with the compassionate Christ, it will always give
rise to concrete acts of service.” -Henry Nouwen
THE GOSPEL TODAY
On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.
When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.
Rising very early before dawn,
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
throughout the whole of Galilee.