February 16, 2015

The Gospel Today

Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said,
“Why does this generation seek a sign?
Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Then he left them, got into the boat again,
and went off to the other shore.

Reflection (Sem. John Paul Adia):

To see is to believe. I believe that this is our only way of seeing facts and sadly even truth. Evidence matters up to the point that believing in our faith requires evidences that can be appreciated by our senses. We are in a world where doubting seems to be a requirement. In doubting, we are able to make our self-made evidences. There are so many instances when we try to make excuses on our faith because we wanted to make crooked ways on our laws to favor our intentions.

One of the most important innovations in knowing and understanding is science. This field determines the given facts that our generation utilizes to be able to strengthen the knowledge that we have. It helps us understand the different phenomena in our world. It keeps us futuristic in approach. I believe that the higher the technology a gadget or device has, the more it is desirable for us to acquire. And maybe, this became our attitude towards our own faith. That if it does not fit our desires, then, we will never make it as part of our lives whether the help is visible or not; sensible or not.

I believe that the new technology gives us the attitude of instant – from food, research, transportations, and even communication. These things have their own positive and negative effects. But what is alarming is the attitude that we have towards our faith and our values. Instant food gives us the convenience of easily cooked food but we reached the extent that we compromise the quality and nutritious content of food just to make it easy and fast. I believe that even I have this attitude especially when I am working out on my requirements and responsibilities. If I can just make it like an instant noodle then I would. But this will never be possible. I believe that if we work hard on things, then we will surely know more its value to us.

The Gospel for today also led me to reflect on the value of patience. To be honest, doing a lot of reflections is a test of my patience. Unlike other tasks, reflection needs time and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. But there are instances that we are tasked to do so many things from community responsibility, to academics and doing a reflection feels like a burden because I find it hard to focus. If only I can do it in just a single sitting and finish it for an hour at most then life will be easy. But this struggle is reminding me about the life that I am formed to have, and that is for priesthood. Priesthood is never about an easy life. I realize that if in my life now as a seminarian I find it hard to develop my own patience then I can never expect this to be developed when, in the grace of God, I will be ordained as a priest.

We love signs and I admit that I have been searching for it even though we know that there is a chance that we can never see this. This is a reminder to me that life is full of uncertainties. My priesthood is never certain even from the time I entered the seminary. Our finance is not certain if it will suffice my seminary needs throughout my years of formation. But this is a great invitation for me to make God as my certainty. I used to say that “Nothing is certain except God’s love.” I have said this because everyday is a sensible and rational chance for me to experience God. Transcending from a certain event or a person is reminding me that He is with me in every experience that I have.

Faith is not quantifiable or simply scientific. I believe that it encompasses and transcends everything. That is why the Gospel for today made me reflect upon how faithful I am to my God. In times of uncertainty, do I remain faithful? This, I believe, is not about just signs but also the love that I have experienced with God.

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