July 17, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 11:25-27

At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Reflection (Sem. Jonathan T. Cigaral):

          “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal to him.”  This particular verse of the gospel shows the true relationship of Jesus with His Father and His Father with Him.  In this life of ours it is only through Jesus that we come to know of the Father.

          During the time that I was discerning whether I will be entering the seminary or not, the biggest question in my mind was: “Am I really being called to the vocation for priesthood?”  It was a question which was so difficult to answer.  I felt an overflowing emotion within me that I wanted to offer everything that I have to God to show my sincerest gratitude for His goodness.  But what made it so difficult for me was to choose between two good things in my life:  (1) To continue supporting my family in their needs and at the same time serve my parish as a lay person; or (2) To leave everything behind and heed the call of Christ for the priesthood.  I remember those days when I would cry in front of the Blessed Sacrament asking for a clear answer.  I was looking for God’s revelation on where I should go.  I was afraid to make a decision.  But searching for an answer led me to a closer relationship with Jesus.  He used people and events to draw me closer to Him.  I went to confession which was a pouring out of who I really am as a sinful person in front of God; I joined parish activities which opened my heart and my mind to the lives of other people in search for answers in their life of faith; and He made me experience the most painful event in my life, the lost of my own father.  Through all of these I saw God’s revelation to me that He is indeed calling me to the life that I have chosen – Priesthood.  Had it not for the prayers and experiences that I had, I would have not been closer to Jesus Christ.

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