November 30, 2016
Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
The Gospel Today
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.
REFLECTION (Sem. Mark Jason M. Medrana)
Before entering the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary, I used to work in a good company. I used to go to the places I want. I am fond of mountain climbing, watching movies during weekends, and spending time with my family and relatives. For almost a year or more that is what I’m doing in my life. But I came to the point when I realized that all the material things I have don’t promote simplicity of life; that all these things can provide only temporary happiness. I was looking for something that I feel can help complete me as a person.
One time, I joined an outreach activity and was exposed to families who don’t have their own house to live in, don’t have enough food to eat, have children who cannot go to school, and whose parents have no job. From that experience, I said to myself that I am still very blessed because at least I didn’t experience those kinds of things. But they are also blessed because God takes care of them.
In May 2016, I decided to enter the seminary because I felt that God is calling me to become a priest. Now that I’m already a seminarian, I know now that I don’t have yet the capacity to help those who are in need, those who are being taken for granted by society. It will be a big challenge for me especially if I am already a priest (if the Lord is willing) to give a hand to those that will be entrusted to me, but nothing is impossible with God. I will depend on Him and through His helping grace I believe I can help those people. God always provides.