My first experience of having recollection was when I joined the formation program for those who wanted to become an altar server. Recalling that experience, I could say that I did not know at all why I should join recollection. All I know was that I entered a moment of prayer by being quiet. It seemed to me that through my constant participation in joining recollections, I felt that I had grown in faith and desired to follow Jesus.
That realization is very true in my seminary life. One of the activities in the seminary that I look forward to is our monthly recollection. It is a moment to rest with God, to deepen my reflection with regards to my faith journey, and to celebrate the love and faithfulness of God in my life, as He continuously searches and reminds me. In today’s Gospel, He is interested in my growth in faith. His series of questions in the Gospel reverberates in my reflections, and it means to me that He is looking after me. He wanted me to be close or near to Him as He continues to do both ordinary and extra-ordinary things in my life.
God always takes the first move for me grow in love and faith in Him. Even those moments of recollections and reflections, those are from Him. He constantly invites and challenges me to be conscious of His Presence and His desire that I may be with Him.
By Sem. Carmelo Pocdol
THE GOSPEL TODAY
The disciples had forgotten to bring bread,
and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out,
guard against the leaven of the Pharisees
and the leaven of Herod.”
They concluded among themselves that
it was because they had no bread.
When he became aware of this he said to them,
“Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread?
Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?
And do you not remember,
when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand,
how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”
They answered him, “Twelve.”
“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand,
how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?”
They answered him, “Seven.”
He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”