The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):
Jesus never promised it would be easy to follow him. Tomorrow’s Gospel shows what it entails for a disciple when he follows Jesus Christ. Different kinds of persecution are waiting for those who desire to live a life focused on Jesus Christ. Somehow we can say it is difficult and is a struggle, as Jesus himself also experienced sufferings.
In relation to the seminary context, the formation here in the seminary is not an easy way. It is a challenge for us to “plunge” in every activity, to transcend ourselves and to become a good leader. As I continue reflecting on tomorrow’s Gospel reminds me how my Spiritual Director asked me what God wants me to realize in different struggles I encounter here in the seminary.
One thing I realized is that all my sufferings are part of God’s providence which helped me to grow and develop confidence to handle different situations. This is the only time I said to myself that no matter how difficult the things I experienced, still they are blessings from God – that something good will come out of that experience. God’s goodness cannot just be seen in our success and happy moments; but it is also revealed in our own sufferings.
Today’s Gospel is an invitation for me to fully entrust myself to God and to ask for his mercy. What I need to do is to surrender, persevere and submit myself in order to depend on and follow the will of God.