November 12, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr 

Luke 17:7-10

Jesus said to the Apostles:
“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded, say,
‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.’”

Reflection (Sem. Philip Faustino Volante):

After reading the Gospel for today, the very first word that entered into my mind was the word “Humility”. It is very difficult for us to be called servants because somehow, most of us have our own servants at home, or if not, we have someone under us whom we can command to do things for us. We are more comfortable being served than serving other people.

I belong to the batch called “SERVIAM” which means “I Will Serve”. Not an easy batch name to live out as I may say, but our batch name serves as a reminder and a challenge for me and my batch mates. All of us have led a group of people and became boss one way or another. We have to let go of all the positions, the degrees, the achievements that we have been holding on for so long and we have to live as servant not just for ourselves but for the people of God. We have to humble ourselves in order to serve other people. There were times when we argued among ourselves because of some misunderstandings and differences in terms of background and nature, but our batch name would always remind us to be servants for each other, to help each other in the difficulties in the seminary formation, to stay open and humble for each other. I am not only reminded to be a SERVIAM to my batch mates, but also to the community, and most especially to the people of God. My patience and perseverance are always tested and sometimes I succumb to the pressure of other people, but I still have to remind myself to be a humble servant for others, to serve others just like how Jesus served us by dying on the cross.

I must admit that I am still in the process of embracing humility, but I always thank God for giving me a constant reminder of what humility is all about, it is His Son Jesus Christ, the servant and my model for humility.

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