The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies,
know that its desolation is at hand.
Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains.
Let those within the city escape from it,
and let those in the countryside not enter the city,
for these days are the time of punishment
when all the Scriptures are fulfilled.
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days,
for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth
and a wrathful judgment upon this people.
They will fall by the edge of the sword
and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles;
and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles
until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.”
Reflection (Sem. Mark Joseph G. Verdadero)
Life is full of challenges and struggles, and it is hard to know if it is for the sake of good or bad. I have thought of this because based on my experiences before entering the seminary, I had a different understanding of what sufferings and problems were.
Problems are a part of our life. Some say that you do not learn if you will not experience problems along the way. Others say that it is a way for God to test people’s faith. Still, some others say that they are unfortunate when God allows them to suffer because of immoral acts they have done. It is like a test of endurance based on what they do in their life, and, most of all, a payment for all the sins they have done in the past.
Accepting or facing problems is the only way for us to realize what went wrong and what are the lessons we can learn from those experiences.
I have gone through so many problems in my life. I can say that it was an easy journey until I came to the point of my discernment. The road was tough and many times I got lost along the way, with so many circumstances and difficulties. There were moments that I had to stop, think, realize and plan to go back. Decision making is not easy to do if you seem to be lost and you have little faith.
Life is not complete if you have not experienced difficulties and problems that make you strong as years pass by. The experiences become meaningful if lessons are learned from them. Whatever difficulties that pass our way, rest assured that our faith will be the light that will clear our path towards God.