Before, I tend to look for acknowledgments from people around me after any school program that I spearheaded. I was appeased when people would approach me and congratulate me for the good thing I had done. I used to count the many good works I have done for my community and my parish. When I entered the seminary, we were trained to be humble over many things such as in admitting one’s mistake, in giving our full selves to the formation, in being obedient to the promptings of the Spirit and in recognizing the will of God.
The seminary taught me to shift my outlook about honor. It is not the kind of honor that I should strive to achieve because this honor is of earthly origin and it will not last. The kind of honor that I should strive to attain is to recognize the many works of God in my life: how He became my only refuge in times of pain and hardships.
The seminary also taught me that it is a humbling experience when I finish a task where I do not seek for any affirmation or recognition. It is more appeasing to the heart than waiting for people’s acknowledgement.
This Gospel reminds me to always have introspection and be cautious on matters that concern honor and greatness. The priesthood is not about the priest being praised and honored due to his gifts (e.i. preaching, healing etc.) rather it should be about Christ who gave him such gifts. How much honor is needed? None for ourselves but for God, our all should be given.
By Sem. Peter Crisostomo
THE GOSPEL TODAY
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,
he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves,
and said to them on the way,
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,
and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests
and the scribes,
and they will condemn him to death,
and hand him over to the Gentiles
to be mocked and scourged and crucified,
and he will be raised on the third day.”
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her, “What do you wish?”
She answered him,
“Command that these two sons of mine sit,
one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.”
Jesus said in reply,
“You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”
They said to him, “We can.”
“My chalice you will indeed drink,
but to sit at my right and at my left,
this is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard this,
they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”