January 17, 2016

The Gospel Today

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran short,
the mother of Jesus said to him,
“They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her,
“Woman, how does your concern affect me?
My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servers,
“Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told them,
“Fill the jars with water.”
So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them,
“Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”
So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
without knowing where it came from
— although the servers who had drawn the water knew —,
the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
“Everyone serves good wine first,
and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him.

 Reflection (Sem. Jesus S. Salamanca Jr.)

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“He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and he was obedient to them.” When the Word became man, He taught us the virtue of obedience and humility as a little child born in the stable.

Obedience is one of the values that the seminary formation is forming in us seminarians. St. Benedict says that no one can go wrong with obedience and this is true. Yet it is very hard to do. True obedience is not easy because it entails humility.

As young as 10 years old, I knew that I wanted to become a priest. I wanted to become a priest but my parents did not. They wanted me to be a civil engineer. I knew where my parents were coming from, so I obeyed their will for me. Out of humility, out of love, I obeyed. I was very thankful for that because I learned the value of obedience and the importance of self-denial out of love.

In the Gospel today, the Feast of the Santo Niño, the Lord learned how to obey His parents. It was very beautiful to reflect that when the Lord became man He also embraced all the experiences of an ordinary human being. He became a child in order to teach us the real meaning of humility.

To me, sometimes it is difficult to be obedient, especially if the thing that I need to follow is something that is contrary to my own principle. Being a professional, I can say that I already have my own style and this style works for me. But now in the priestly formation, it seems that all those styles are no longer effective because of the different perspectives and different approaches that the seminary is teaching us as part of the process in becoming a priest.

Before Jesus started His public ministry, He learned to obey. The Gospel passage that we have today is the last part of Jesus’ childhood account in the Bible. It is a good reminder to me as a seminarian that in my formation for priesthood, I have to imitate Christ’s obedience

The Gospel also said that “Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” It is my prayer to the Santo Niño that He may grant me the grace that as I advance in age in the formation, I may also gain wisdom and knowledge through obedience rooted in love. May this sublime vocation be pleasing not only in the eyes of men but most importantly in the eyes of God, the source of the Call that I am now heeding.

 

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