“I’ am a priest-in-process.” This is such a strong and ambitious claim that entails a lot of expectations in my seminary formation. This challenges me to configure my life to that of Christ, for being in the configuration stage of formation.
In seminary journey, the invitations and opportunities to be configured in the life of Christ come in various ways. Top in the list is to die to my own self, that is, to live for others and to sacrifice my comforts and interests for the sake of the community. Dying to oneself is but a witness of a kind of relationship with Jesus Christ. Every day in the seminary is an opportune time to embrace little does of dying for oneself. What is asked of me is to offer sacrifices so that I can live out and share in the sacrifices of Jesus Christ. These sacrifices come as an expression of my love for Jesus, knowing that it is Him who loves me first despite my limitations.
My relationship with Jesus Christ is strengthened by the sacrifices I am doing. They develop in me values of perseverance, trust in God, and love for my brothers and sisters in the community. These are necessary in priestly formation journey, and in my profound desire to follow Him and configure my life to His.
By Sem. Carmelo Pocdol
THE GOSPEL TODAY
Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”