September 12, 2016
The Gospel Today
Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his slave.
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
“He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
“Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I too am a person subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.
REFLECTION (Sem. Gail P. Cruz)
Being humble is hard to do. Most of the time, we are trying our best to practice humility, but this act does not need to be recognized by ourselves. Psychologists say that the mere fact that you are recognizing it, it is no longer called humility.
In the Gospel, the centurion shows the act of being humble. When Jesus was about nearing his house, to save his servant from dying because of its illness, he sent his friends to tell Jesus of his predicament. Therefore he did not consider himself worthy to come to Jesus and seek for help, but if only Jesus would say the word his servant would be healed.
Staying for more than two months inside the seminary gave me the chance to learn more things about brotherhood and the different characteristics that are needed to be imbibed. One character that a seminarian must have is being humble. It may be easy to find it among the brothers, especially from those advanced in the formation, but it is a challenge for us all; I don’t even consider myself humble, but through the graces of God we are given the chance to even try to be humble.
In our life each day, as a seminarian, being humble is a very important act. It is hard to live out, but through our perseverance everyday by giving our best to be as humble as we can, like our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel, we can easily give ourselves to those who are in need especially to our brothers, suffering from different types of crisis in their vocation. In that case, I believe that God will recognize it, and that is more than enough for Him for us to be called humble like Jesus, the perfect example of humility.