The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men this is impossible,
but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)
As a person, we all have our imperfections, our own impurities, our own past but in today’s Gospel, Jesus is giving us hope to and for the conversions of our heart. As I reflect on God, this passage strikes me the most: “For human beings it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
It has been three months since I entered the seminary and it really helps me to know more about myself. Before I entered the seminary, I lived a life full of iniquities and vices. Something struck me to change my lifestyle. This particular scenario happens when a seminarian visited our parish and had his vocation campaign. He closes his speech with, “For human beings it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” I was captivated by it and I really pondered on the invitation to take the seminary life.
I took courage to seek advice from our school rector. He said that if I am really decided to enter the seminary, it is best for me to go to HASS. I took again another step in trying to fulfill this hunger within me. Series of examinations and interviews were conveyed on me. I asked for His guidance in every step I take in this new journey. “Thy will be done,” – this phrase I usually utter after every step I make. I would always pray to God that if this is the life He wanted me to take, I will follow Him, but if it is not, let memay God grant me the grace to take the courage to accept failure.
Then the final result came, I was scared to open it at first, but my mother gave me the courage to open the letter. A sigh of relief overflowed within me. I made it. I passed the interviews and examinations. I am now an official HASS seminarian.
It is really He who works on me, and I, as His humble servant, will obey what he instructs me to do, for nothing is impossible with God.