March 8, 2017
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent
The Gospel Today
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Herwyn T. Bulaun)
Signs are a part of our day to day lives. Practically, we need signs to reach our destination. However, in our spiritual life, I believe there are also signs as to the depths of our relation with God. There are indications whether we are maturing or regressing in our relationship with God. Allow me to offer two indications.
First, when we mature in our relation with God we are will also grow in our charity with our neighbor. There will be a shift from oneself towards others. Our capacity to empty ourselves will grow for the greater good of our neighbor. As long as we can be of service to others, it is not necessary whether it is recognized or not.
The second is our sense of sin. Our relationship with God will make us sensitive as to possibility of sin. We are aware of our strength but we know about the cleverness of the devil. The moment temptation appears, we already think of ways on how we can avoid to be tempted. We either choose to flight or to fight. We fight because of the grace of God but we take flight because of temptation will attack our weakness. We do these because we do not want to love God.
On the contrary, a person who is regressing from his relationship with God will focus one oneself. The person, most of the time, thinks or choses what will be convenient to him/her. The capacity to be involved with others is less.
As I mature in the formation, I believe I am maturing in terms of my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. My stay in the seminary allows me to experience His faithfulness. I have encountered the love of God in the different aspects, of the formation. For this reason, I am not much concerned to with the future ahead of me.
Lent is a time for repentance. This is the moment that we pay attention to our lives. Not that we have neglected our lives but because this season fosters the invitation to self-examen. Sign posts enable us to determine if we have matured in our relation with God or if we have regressed. The good thing about this season is it gives us the opportunity to recollect ourselves and see the change we need to do in order to grow in our relation with God and neighbor.