The Gospel Today
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”
Reflection (Sem. Daniel Voltaire Hui):
It is a fact that entering the religious life is not popular among people nowadays. Take the case now in our seminary, four years ago, I entered the seminary under the Archdiocese of Manila. During that time there were two seminarians graduating from Manila, then another the year after and after two years no one followed. Hopefully by 2016 I will be ordained, but after me no one will follow. Scarcity as it may be called but one thing I am looking at is the aspect of having an uncomfortable life as some may perceive. Even before I enter the seminary, this was what I was thinking. I know that priesthood means sad life, for I will not have a family of my own. I will be living alone for the rest of my life.
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few”, it is a fact many years ago and still remains until now. God knows how hard it is to be a minister and become His follower that is why He did not send people alone, but by pairs. He warned them that it will be a difficult journey and that they need no other things. God was very confident with that, because He will surely be with them. As humans, we would easily cling to material and other physical things, for these things make us feel secure. But come to think of it, what can be more secure when we have God with us?
My vocation is not perfect, there are many times when I feel like giving up. There are times when I struggle and have a hard time. Doubts are always present even if I am already in my fourth year. But God continues to reveal Himself to me, He never stop taking charge of the things that I could not do. He always sustains me whenever I feel short. Yes, life is difficult and it is not far from the kind of life other people have outside the seminary, but because my confidence lies in God, I will always be filled and feel secure.