September 24, 2013

The Gospel for Today

Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lk. 8:19-21

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

Reflection (Sem. Jonathan Cigaral):

“My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

The Gospel reminds me that it is not enough that I become associated with the people or institutions which are living a life of following Jesus Christ.  Association is just a superficial manifestation of an act being done to live a certain life.  A very clear example is when I decided to enter the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary. It is not sufficient to say that since I am a member of this holy institution, I can already be regarded as a true follower of Christ.  The message of the Gospel is that discipleship is the only way to Jesus’ heart.

What is discipleship?  It is living the life of accepting and helping to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ.  It is the surrendering of oneself and doing what God wills him to do.

Putting this in the context of seminary formation, to be a true follower of Christ, is to give my whole self in everything that I do.  During hospital apostolate for example, whenever I attend to the patients, it is not enough that they recognize me as a seminarian just because they see me wearing  clerical polo with a cross hanging around my neck.  They should be able to see and feel the presence of Christ in me through words and actions.  This can only be possible by showing them my authentic sympathy and empathy.  I should be able to feel their pain and worries and understand their situation.  My prayers must contain the words of the genuine love and mercy of God.  My actions should be the manifestations of how I truly feel about their predicaments.

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