August 18, 2015

The Gospel Today

Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 19:23-30

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men this is impossible,
but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Reflection (Sem. Jasper S. Bautista)

Camel August 18

“I have been carrying useless things.”

I remember the homily during a Mass I attended regarding the edifices, structures and walls in Jerusalem and some other countries in the Middle East. The passageways from the walls to enter a town or a civilization are called “needles” wherein only a camel can pass. If the beast of burden carries much load, it would be hard for it to pass the doorways so the traveler will need to unload the extra baggage. It is that narrow.

As I reflected on the Gospel for today, it reminded me of the many baggage I brought when I entered the seminary. I thought that these loads would be beneficial and advantageous, like my competitive nature, my play-safe attitude, my secretive trait and many others. Gradually, through prayer, the seminary’s spiritual and psycho-social programs and through the formation, I realized that I have been carrying useless things that really make it difficult and heavy for me to focus on and submit myself to the seminary formation.

It is good that with the help of the formation programs, I am able to recognize and uproot the characters and principles I have brought. Now I can say that I have lightened my load and have become ready to move and meet the challenges I may face in my vocation.

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