September 4, 2013

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Lk.4:38-44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Reflection (Sem. Philip Faustino Volante):

In the Gospel for today, what struck me most is the passage, “at daybreak, Jesus left and went into a deserted place.” Then I told myself, even Jesus needs time to rest!

Our life in the seminary is very hectic. Some of you may already know that the formation year in HASS is only 6 years; and within those 6 years, we have to accomplish everything that a regular seminary of 8 to 10 years does, plus more! There is even a joke in the seminary that we sleep for 8 hours… 8 hours a week! HASS brothers are very much known for having the ability to sleep anywhere, you put us in a comfortable spot, and we can sleep right then and there. I myself can attest to these (somehow true) jokes. There are times when I ask myself if I can still continue with the demands of the seminary because I feel like these demands are taller than me! I had this experience when I cried inside my room because of exhaustion, I was burned out. There was a big event in the seminary wherein I was awake the whole night for us to finish a task, and prior to that, I was already sleeping late at night to finish some tasks for another event, which was for our investiture. After our breakfast, I went back into my room, and I just cried. I even told God, “Lord! Parang ‘di ko na po kaya…” (Lord! I think I can’t take it any longer). Since we still have activities to do, I composed myself and went down to hear Mass. After lunch, we had an opportunity to take our siesta. I slept and woke up in a better and lighter mood. When I had my Spiritual Direction, I realized that because of my busyness, I forgot to appreciate the many things that I have done. I have not savored the affirmations and the happiness I brought to people because of my contributions to the community.

The Gospel is telling me that like Jesus, I also need to take some rest. To stop and appreciate what happened to me during the day, to appreciate God and his bountiful blessings. Because for all we know, we may be too occupied of so many things, that we may forget how wonderful God is for giving us the opportunity to work and help others.

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