December 9, 2014

The Gospel Today

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

Matthew 18: 12-14

Jesus said to his disciples:
“What is your opinion?
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.”

Reflection (Sem. Ramil Sario):

God still loves people who go astray. There is a part of this Gospel that really touched me. There were times in my life when I lost my way. But God never gives up trying to bring me back to Him. I believe that I am important to God even if there are times that I feel unimportant to others and out of place. As I reflect on this Gospel, I remember the times I felt abandoned by God and I went on my way not to believe that God was with me. But through prayer and the help of people who gave me importance, I realized that God is always beside me. It is just that He is helping me in a different manner and not through the way I wanted it to be.

This is God’s invitation to me. To have faith in Him no matter how hopeless a situation seems to be. I have no right to question Him. God works in mysterious ways. I should not doubt Him instead be open to Him. Fervently praying vocally is not enough, rather, I should also be able to communicate with Him in silence and reflect on what I could have done in the past so I could have foresight of the future. I should be flexible enough or at least make plans to prepare myself to handle possible future situations that I may encounter. And so it would be easier for me to figure things out how to make resolutions to problems that would bother me.  I must always stay positive with an open mind and heart. By these I believe, I would not go astray because I will let God take full control of my life.

I remembered the days when I was looking for a job when I was a fresh college graduate. It was really hard for me to get one because most companies wanted to hire people who already have experienced. I tried applying for a medical representative position in various pharmaceutical companies. One of them allowed me to go through the final interview but I failed because the company wanted to hire an applicant who have a driver’s license.

I was very frustrated that day. I also questioned the interviewer why they didn’t cited in the classified ads that having a driver’s license was one of the requirements of that said position. I also blamed God during that time that I seldom prayed and went to church. It was only my family, most of all, my mother, who reminded me that I should never blame God for my failures and that I should pray and have more trust in Him. She told me that failure means God has a different plan for me. She also advised me that I must be patient and try harder so I can have what I wanted to have, my first real job. I listened to everything she said.

I prayed hard and practiced more to prepare myself on how to answer job interviews. I made some research by asking people on tips how to be successful in job interviews and rehearsed well. And finally, I got my first job that I longed for eventhough it was not a medical representative position but a data encoder for a government housing agency. I believed God spoke to me through my mother. Indeed, I should never doubt that God’s plans are always the best for us.  So it was true that God made my mother an instrument of His love for me to bring me back to Him.

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