September 3, 2014

The Gospel Today

Memorial of St. Gregory, Pope and Doctor of the Church

Luke 4:38-44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases
brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Reflection (Sem. Ramon Jamora, Jr.):

“To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.”

          One of the meaningful things that the seminary has brought me is our batch name. During our first recollection in the seminary, we were asked to discern for a batch name. All batches who were accepted in the seminary also went through the same process of discerning their batch names. One of the greatest challenges and criteria that a batch name carries is that we are called to live out its meaning.

I am so blessed to be a member of the Apostoles batch. It was easy for us, then, to decide because there were twelve of us who were admitted. The same number as the Apostles and the seminary’s principal patron are the greatest Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul. They were called apostles because they were sent, just like Jesus in the Gospel who was sent by the Father to proclaim the Kingdom of God.

Our apostolate this semester allows our batch a chance to be sent. We are challenged to live up our batch name. In our year level, we are being sent to teach catechism as our apostolate. We are sent to a National High School and to a Parish. We give catechism every Thursday morning for high school students while our parish apostolate schedule varies every month.

With our present assignment, I now see the fruit of discernment. The guidance of the Holy Spirit really works in us if we trust in Him. When we asked and prayed to God for a batch name, He did not only give us an identity but also a gift. As early as now, God has wanted our batch to feel and experience working in His mission field, a foretaste of our future ministry. I feel that God has given this to us so that when the time comes for us to ask to be ordained, our simple “Yes” or “I do” to serve Him will be authentic. Our simple yes to be sent will be a response to the gift He has given us.

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