The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”
Reflection (Sem. Kein Harvey P. Chito)
I am a graduate of business administration and I was taught the importance of planning especially in enterprises. I can still recall the challenging process of making a business plan when we had our practicum. The said practicum was a program for business students which encouraged them to pursue entrepreneurship by selling actual products for profit. Since I have an eye for business, I am passionate in creating strategies for our business.
Planning also teaches me to be prepared in life. My plan before my entrance in the seminary was to be a well-known businessman and philanthropist. I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and I was engaged in business systems as early as my elementary years. Our parents already taught us to embrace business at that young age.
But I guess, being a businessman was just my plan and God has a different one. And what is that? That is for me to be a seminarian and by God’s shower of blessings and graces, to be a priest.
Prior to my entrance to the seminary, I made lots of preparation. It was not just about packing my personal things but especially, it was also about preparing myself as a whole. I asked myself then, “Am I really prepared to answer God’s call?”, “Am I ready to give up my career? How about my family?”, “Do I really need to do this?”
Then with a strong conviction I declared to God, “I am ready. Use me.”
The Gospel today invites us to be prepared and be vigilant. I am convinced that I was prepared when God called me to undergo the priestly formation. His call is an invitation for me to trust Him and feel His love always. Yes, there are times that I failed to plan but let me share with you a surprise each time I failed: God was always there for the things that I failed to do because of my limitations as a man.
There are times that I do fail in planning, but still my Father is present to send me another blank page of paper to draft a new plan and go on with my preparations. The same thing can happen to you also.
I encourage you to be prepared in life. I am still new in my seminary formation, I am just on my fifth month but I already learned lots of things especially about myself. This formation is preparing me not just to be a priest but a happy, healthy and holy priest in the future. Now I fully understand why seminary formation is designed for long years.