July 21, 2016

The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 13:10-17

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?”
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:

You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted
and I heal them.

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”


Reflection (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)

As I ponder on the Gospel reading, I was astounded with this saying: “They look and do not see; they hear; but they do not listen or understand.” On my first attempt to contemplate on it, I felt that it was hard to explain for contradictions in terms of purpose, but as I discern I have come to an inference unless I immersed myself on a particular situation, I will not understand the scenario. Not unless I put myself into their level, I will not understand them. As Christ said, I must be a servant to all. One cannot judge the stature of a person on a single glimpse for it losses the purpose of knowing them. What one needs is to experience the lives they had before one can understand them.

I was really surprised and puzzled of the many things that happened every day as I continue to live my journey here in the seminary. One of the most recent events that happened to me occurred during our First Apostolate Weekend. For me, this is what I am waiting for in my formation. To be with the people, to extend an arm to them, whenever they need one.

On that particular day, I was assigned, together with my batch mate Miguel, at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Pasay. Before we arrived at the said parish, a sudden rush of emotions came to me; I became nervous and afraid that no one will accept me like what other brothers are telling us before, but I just said to myself the lines that my co-seminarians used to remind me: “Ang mahalaga, MAHAL tayo ng DIYOS.” That gave me the sense of direction to keep holding on.

When we arrived at the parish, I thanked God because our foster family were already there and we joined them. My nervousness was replaced with joy, for God has surprised me.
In my journey with my foster family, I can say that I have made a strong bond and established a long lasting relationship with them as my foster family.