November 25, 2016
Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Jesus S. Salamanca, Jr.)
To me, the fig tree is a symbol of one’s spirituality. Common in the place of Jesus, fig trees are usually seen along the roads. Depending on the season, the fig tree changes and adapts. Its buds bloom when summer season is approaching. Jesus compared the Kingdom of God on how the fig tree adapts itself with the season. Locally, even out fruit bearing trees bloom when the summer heat is felt. After few weeks, the flowers will become fruits. It is important that a tree should bear fruit, for the fruit testifies the quality of a tree.
Apostolate which is one of the pillars of seminary formation is the fruit or tangible expression of the other pillars of formation like prayer, academic, and community. Pastoral works determine the fruits of the seminary. It is not good to see seminarians doing well in academics, community, and prayer but not well manifested or translated into action. To the end, it is about how the people of God felt the fruits of formation through pastoral works.
For a tree to produce good harvest, it must undergo cuttings and pruning. The tree must undergo a certain process. The seminary, in a sense is not a destination, but a process. The seminarians are being formed by undergoing a necessary process. Every year, there are significant events which show how a formand grows in his formation. Milestones, as we call these eventss, but in reality, they are like signs. If these milestones have been given to seminarian especially to those who already acquired higher milestone, we can say that they are now ready to face the people of God formed after the heart of Jesus, full of compassion towards the people.