March 2, 2014


The Gospel Today

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mt 6: 24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

Reflection (Sem. Philip Faustino S. Volante)

Today’s Gospel is very relevant to us because this is the last day of the 3-day live-in seminar for those who want to enter the seminary. As I look at the faces of the applicants, I remember the day when I also joined the live-in seminar two years ago. As the applicants kept on asking about their concerns, I remembered the dilemmas I had before entering the seminary. I was constantly asking myself, “Who will pay for my expenses? How will I live without any money of my own? Will I survive not being with my family and friends?”

In answering the questions I had, one simple answer was given by a dear brother to me which struck me the most. He just said, “God will provide”. As I reflect deeper on the Gospel, I have realized that there was never a time when I was left with absolutely nothing. Yes, there is a feeling that what I have is never enough, but as I think about it, it is just enough. My family may not be as well-off as the others, but God provided us with a clean bill of health and wonderful memories to cherish together. I may not have the perfect set of friends, but God gave me friends who stood by me through thick and thin. I may not have the perfect vocation or road to formation, but God always sees to it that I learn from my mistakes, and learn to stand up again and continue to move forward.

Sometimes, we trouble ourselves too much of what we do not have instead of being satisfied of what God has already given us. I remember one of our formators would always say that, “what we do not have, we do not need”. And I feel that this is true.  God knows what we really need, and if there is something else that we really need, as a brother once said, “God will provide”.

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