The Gospel Today
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”
Reflection (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
I often hear success and inspirational life stories of people who made a difference in their lives and left a significant effect to the society, a traffic officer who paused at the middle of the street to pay reverence in praying the Angelus; teachers who volunteer in teaching the children of Mangyan tribe; a taxi driver who returned one hundred thousand pesos left by a passenger and many other stories that are extraordinary.
When I was still in the teaching ministry, the ordinary routine of teaching the minds of the students entrusted to my care became somehow extraordinary by touching their lives as a mentor and a companion in the school through my presence. I felt the importance of ministering to my students upon knowing their struggles and challenges in life. I always reminded my students that my purpose as a teacher was not just bounded in the four walls of the classroom, but it went beyond it. True enough, some of my former students would send me a message on Facebook or send a text message just to share their simple success stories and sometimes, ask some time to be listened to. These are expressions of my love to the one who called me to the teaching ministry. There were times when I was worried with other things like my teaching strategies, but the words of Jesus became my comfort; that I should not be too anxious about many things but rather find the one thing that really matters.
Just like in our Gospel today, Jesus reminded us to really see and know what is that one thing that we need to do in the present condition of our lives. In the seminary formation, it is essential for human and spiritual formation to have a clear and strong relationship with Jesus Christ.