The Gospel Today
Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to the crowds,
“When you see a cloud rising in the west
you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does;
and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south
you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is.
You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky;
why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate,
make an effort to settle the matter on the way;
otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge,
and the judge hand you over to the constable,
and the constable throw you into prison.
I say to you, you will not be released
until you have paid the last penny.”
Reflection (Sem. Leonides Jimmy T. Jesuro III)
One of the common activities of an employee leaving a company is to accomplish an exit clearance. This is geared towards the goal of ensuring the company that the exiting employee had returned any company property lent to him or her, and to settle any unpaid account before severance from employment. As stipulated in most company manuals, the separation pay will not be released to the employee until the submission of the accomplished exit clearance.
We may remember the striking line in today’s Gospel, “You will not be released until you have paid the last penny,” which is about seeking a settlement with an opponent.
In my personal experience, I was able to serve four companies previously. I was able to go through the above-mentioned process of accomplishing exit clearances, added with exit interviews and clear endorsements to my replacement. I did not have difficulty since I had a full account of my work expenditures and accomplishments.
Honesty remains to be the name of the game, for time will come that not only our earthly employer will ask for an account of the services we have rendered, but our real Boss in heaven will require us of such accomplishment report.
As a seminarian now, the same challenge is posed upon me, to be honest in all my undertakings while in formation, and to maintain my singular identity as a priest-in-process. There is always the invitation not to be exacting with my co-journeyers in my seminary community, but to grow in fraternal charity and generosity, in order for healthy relationships to flourish.
My effort in every participation I will make in all the facets of formation here shall be the penny I will account to God as I continue to experience His overwhelming goodness. Hence, I may always say, “Lord, mold me until my last penny into Your own.”
Still standing after five months when I entered this seminary, I see myself now to have adjusted well to the rigors of the holistic formation, and I continue to experience the loving presence of God in me. I choose love as my response to Him in this reality, by doing good things to all the members of the community and to all those I will come in contact with each day.