As a priest-in-process, there are many demands from us that need to be
done. There are many tasks that need to be accomplished. In my second year in formation, I have the tendency to be so focused on the many things that I need to do and accomplish. It is my goal to complete most of them on time. This leads me to another tendency to be so particular on meeting my schedules that I sometimes forget others. I have a tendency to be self-focused without thinking of the needs of others.
The Gospel for today invites me to stop for a while and step back a
little and to focus my gaze on Jesus. Focusing on Jesus will open my eyes to the most important things rather than merely accomplishing each task. It is to see others and be able to help them. Focusing on Jesus will also open my heart and give me the needed compassion and love for everything that I do. Love is the catalyst that makes the difference. As a priest-in-process, my ministry should be founded in the love of Jesus. By being so, I will be able to focus on the things that I must do with the goal of doing it for the love of God and others.
By Sem. Jobert Gatmaitan
THE GOSPEL TODAY
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.”