One of the things I often hear from my parents, teachers, and elders is that I should be a
good role model to others. I must be a good example to others. As a kid then, I thought it was an easy task to do. I just have to do my daily tasks and accomplish them. But as I grew up, I realized that being a role model for others is a big task. Being a role model is not just about proclaiming what you know and believe to others but more importantly, living out what you know and believe!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus taught me the deeper meaning of being a role model. It is to
proclaim the Good News, to fulfill what you proclaim by obeying it, and to embrace it by living it. As a priest-in-process, Jesus invite me to be like Him. No matter how simple or big the task, it is always an invitation for me to do it extraordinarily well. That is to do it like how Jesus did in the Gospel. To me, this is the deeper sense of being a role model to everyone. It is no simple task. To do it is a journey that requires me to bring my bag of love for every person that I wish to walk in this path. Because Jesus came into this world because of His love to us.
By Sem. Jobert Gatmaitan
THE GOSPEL TODAY
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”