September 23, 2016
Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest
The Gospel Today
Once when Jesus was praying in solitude,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.
He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Philip Faustino S. Volante)
After reading the Gospel for today, I felt as if the question Jesus asked His disciples backfired on me. As if I am being asked the same question, “Philip, who do you say that I am?”
As I reflect on this question, So many words are coming out from my mind; Jesus is my Lord, brother, friend and many more. But if I base my answer now that I am in my fifth year in formation, I can say that Jesus is “my Faithful and Loving Ice Skating Partner”. Entering the seminary is like entering the ice skating rink for the first time, you find the whole rink to be huge that you’ll never know if you can cross to the other side without any bruise, added the fact that it is cold, slippery and there are people watching your every move. When I entered the seminary, Jesus told me that entering the seminary is an agreement between us and not with other people, and up to now, Jesus has been very faithful to our agreement. Even though I have been confused and distracted by the big skating rink and the people watching, Jesus keeps on reminding me to never lose focus on our agreement and to always hold on and never let go of His hand. Jesus and I are like skaters in an ice skating rink, no matter how slippery and distracting the ice is, Jesus never lets go of my hand until I can glide and dance gracefully on the ice with Him. There are moments when I would let go of His hand to show Him how good I have become, but later on fall, but the arms of my Loving Partner would always pick me up so that we can start again from where we left off.
Jesus has been a very faithful partner because even up to now, I am still dancing on the same ice rink, and He has been holding my hand patiently. We are about to finish another routine, hopefully by His grace I can continue on to dance another one with Him.