Stay Focused

November 26, 2016
Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Luke 21:34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Eric Yabut)

“Be on guard lest your spirits become bloated with indulgence and drunkenness and worldly cares”.

There are moments in our lives when we tend to be complacent in many things. Some just say, “That’s enough. Those are the only things that I can do.” Perhaps those are the bad habits that used to be in our system. We used to be in our comfort zones.

Today’s Gospel invites us to be aware of the things happening in our lives. We often pray to have this and to have that, but we forget to act on those. We are created full of dreams and aspirations in life. It is good to see how we have acted on those dreams.

My dream is to become a priest so I entered the seminary. In the seminary, I often hear “excellence and distinction”. It is an invitation to do things with excellence and distinction. This is a good motivation, a priest-in-process, to always think and act in that manner because it is the Creator, the source of my salvation, whom I please in all the things I am doing. In one of the conferences, it was said, “The kind of seminarian you are now is the kind of priest you will be.” I need to avoid sins and to focus on my formation. I remember my Apostolate mother often telling me to focus; to focus my eyes on Jesus Christ and to focus on the things that I am invited to do. Being a priest-in-process, I have to give my best and not to be complacent. I need to act on what the Church needs from me. I need to embrace the sacrifices that will come my way because Someone has sacrificed this all for me that is why I am here in the seminary. I need to embrace these sacrifices for me to embrace the growth that the Lord has planned for me.

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