The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent
Luke 11: 29-32
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
Reflection (sem. Ramil Sario):
People always ask for signs. Signs which people only want to see and not beyond what they see. Most people do not believe that there is more than meets the eye. As I reflect on this word of God, one thing came to my mind that people, most of the time, are materialistic.
Nowadays many people are religious but they only focus more on material needs than spiritual needs. That is why in today’s Gospel, Jesus said that material things really are worth nothing in this world.
During my younger years, I gave more importance to monetary and material things than God, even though the primary reason was to financially support my family and love ones. The only time I gave real importance to God was during Sundays when I attended mass. I focused more on my work in order to earn and prayed rarely.
When I was attending mass my mind slipped away because of daydreams. Examples were, when I would get my next salary, what would I buy to please my girlfriend, how much more I needed to buy the stuff I wanted like video games, collectible miniature toys and magic cards. All were very boyish and childish things.
I was very selective in listening to the homily of priests. If I found a priest’s homily boring, I never listened. Rather I wished the mass would end quickly so I could do what I wanted and provided myself with the material pleasures that I desired or do what my heart told me.
But as I grew older, I believed that I matured. I became less interested in hobby games and was more focused on helping my family financially but I was not yet fervently prayerful to God. I was a workaholic and concentrated to excel in work so I could earn more money during payday and make my family proud, especially my mother with whom I gave a large percentage of my earnings, and would impress my girlfriend every time we had a date.
But there was still something missing in my life. I was not contented in what I received because I never truly thanked and appreciated God for the blessings He had given me.
Now that I am here in the seminary, I truly understand that God must be the center of my life. I must look up to Him and let Him control my life. And I must believe that all the blessings and graces I received from Him, whether big or small, I should thank Him and appreciate all the things He has given and has done for me.
I believe that even in the smallest suffering and sadness that I experience in the formation, God is giving me blessings and showing me something that I need to learn if only I will look at the bright side of these. There are more than meets the eye. I learned from the input of Fr. Vir Delfin that I must find God in all things because God has already found me.