January 22, 2016

The Gospel Today

Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 3:13-19

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted
and they came to him.
He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,
that they might be with him
and he might send them forth to preach
and to have authority to drive out demons:
He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter;
James, son of Zebedee,
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges,
that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus;
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

Reflection (Sem. Herwyn T. Bulaun)



In today’s Gospel, we read of Jesus Christ selecting and sending the twelve apostles. He personally chose them. They were ordinary people and possessed weaknesses, limitations and sins. However, notice the gesture of Christ before He summoned and selected them. He went up the mountain. That gesture signified that He prayed first and begged the Father to bless those whom He had chosen.

When I was contemplating God’s invitation to enter the seminary, my first doubt was, I might not be qualified because I am an extraordinary person. I also have my share of weaknesses, sinfulness and worries in life. Nevertheless, I responded after praying and consulting a priest-friend.

The invitation of Jesus Christ to follow Him is His own initiative, although to respond requires courage. It entails giving up personal comfort, even turning away from your loved ones. It may be difficult, but He gives us the opportunity to work in His vineyard. Since He is the one who calls, His grace is sufficient enough to allow us to endure all the hindrances. I believe, we can only respond with gratitude and trust.

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