The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”
Reflection (Sem. Carmelo Pocdol)
Who am I? It was a question printed in one of my shirts during my college years. When I wore that shirt, my classmates would always read the question and somehow they were silenced to reflect, and it also moved me to reflect for my own answer.
I have an answer to the question, I am a friend of Jesus Christ! That is my answer before and up to now. I have pondered on that truth because Jesus himself has said that “you are my friends if you do what I command you.”
During my college years, I volunteered as a catechist, I spent my vacant time teaching elementary students about basic catechesis and prepared them for their first Communion. I believed that Christ invited me to instruct the minds of the young faithful and to guide them to the right path.
In the context of seminary formation, the Gospel for today is challenging me to strengthen and deepen my friendship with Jesus Christ by becoming more open and docile in the process of formation, and be more available to those who are in need of help in the community.