July 16, 2014

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 11:25-27

At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Reflection (Sem. Philip Volante):

Today’s gospel is teaching me to be humble and open to different possibilities like a child. A child is very curious of everything he/she sees around. A child accepts the fact that he/she doesn’t know everything, and continuously asks people for answers. Children eat whatever you hand to them; they wear and play whatever clothes or toys you give them, and they do things that are instructed to them. I feel that there were times in my life that I have forgotten being a child, to be humble and docile.

The Gospel is a constant reminder to me that there are many possibilities in life that I have to discover. Entering the seminary, I can say is the best decision I made in my life. The seminary taught me a lot of things not only in my human formation, but also in my spiritual growth. Through the rigorous formation in the seminary, it taught me the value of humility, of being curious and accepting that there are things I do not know. In addition to these things, I also learned that the more I know, the more responsible I should become.

In the seminary, we always use the term “plunge”. When we say plunge, it is immersing oneself to the challenges and opportunities that the formation has to offer. I thank God for letting me plunge into the formation because I have done so many things that I never imagined that I would be doing. And because of this, I feel that whatever may be the outcome of my stay in the seminary, whether I become a priest or not, everything is worth-it because I learned a lot of things about myself and about my God.

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