July 9, 2016


The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 10:24-33

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“No disciple is above his teacher,
no slave above his master.
It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher,
for the slave that he become like his master.
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul,
how much more those of his household!

“Therefore do not be afraid of them.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”


Reflection (Sem. John Paul S. Adia)

Who is God in my life? Who are the gods of my life? These questions talk about two things: God’s identity and my relationship with Him. Today’s Gospel made those boundaries between man and God. God is clear about who He is. He is a God who humbly serves but never forgets that He is the Creator. And to me, this is what is meant by no disciple is above his teacher, no slave is above his master (Mt. 10:25-26). God shares abundantly and made each and everyone a disciple, a friend, and children. What more can man ask?

The relationship with God brings that question on how truthful, faithful and open am I with Him. Why do people need to conceal things? Why does man need to disregard God’s work in His life despite the obvious fact that nothing comes from man alone? When self becomes the god, that is when we begin to deny God. God knows the mind of man but because of His mercy, He continues to love man and respect his freedom.

This identity that I have is a reflection of God’s goodness. This is also a shed of His mercy with which I, in some ways, become His image. But we are always reminded of our identity. This is not a privilege where we can accumulate things. This is not a title that gives us a special treatment. My identity as a seminarian is a humble expression of my submission to God’s will. That I am ready to be His servant, and His disciple, evangelizing His love and mercy through this identity.

We are priests-in-process, and the mere fact that we accepted this path of life entails our practice of simplicity. This is not just on how we look physically. I admire the practice in our formation about apostolic value. This is seeing my need for help and remembering that I am receiving help. Thus, apostolic value for me is a practice in which I always consider the people who help me. That God, who is gracious to send generous people, ask me to be humble enough not to waste for I am not the master of these graces. I received them for me to radiate and share the graciousness and mercy of God.