Everyday is an invitation to genuine change of heart and conversion to Christ. He
always makes a way for us to remember that He is just waiting constantly for us to turn
to Him. He is patient and He will never leave us even if we always run away from Him
because of the shame and guilt from the sins we have committed. No matter which road
we take, in His mercy, He remains with us as our silent companion. This is my
experience with Jesus. Before entering the seminary, I can say that I was not really
living the life of a true Christian. Because of my sins, I felt that I was not really worthy of
the call to the priesthood. It took me three years to apply with much help and egging
from a friend or else I would not have made the move. When I was accepted, I knew I
was bringing along with me the shame and guilt of my past but Jesus, through the
formators, my batchmates, the community, and the life healing programs of the
seminary, revealed Himself to me as a merciful God who remains and never condemns.
It was I who was condemning myself all along because of my lack of faith in His mercy.
The Gospel today shows the lack of faith of the people listening to Jesus. They
were seeking testimonies of others that will prove that Jesus is who He says He is. John
the Baptist’s testimony, Jesus’ words and deeds, even the Scriptures that testify on
Jesus’ behalf were not enough for their conversion. They were condemned in their lack
of faith, not by Jesus, but by their own unbelief of Him. Jesus shows us all the paths
we can take for our conversion. We only need to choose a path and make the first
step in faith. He will guide us along the way for all roads lead to Him. We can never
lose our way if we walk with Him because He is the Way.
By Sem. Gerald Moscardon
THE GOSPEL TODAY
Jesus said to the Jews:
“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
But there is another who testifies on my behalf,
and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept human testimony,
but I say this so that you may be saved.
He was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s.
The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.
Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf.
But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
and you do not have his word remaining in you,
because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
You search the Scriptures,
because you think you have eternal life through them;
even they testify on my behalf.
But you do not want to come to me to have life.
“I do not accept human praise;
moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
I came in the name of my Father,
but you do not accept me;
yet if another comes in his own name,
you will accept him.
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
the one who will accuse you is Moses,
in whom you have placed your hope.
For if you had believed Moses,
you would have believed me,
because he wrote about me.
But if you do not believe his writings,
how will you believe my words?”