Hearts Burning Within

April 19, 2017

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

Today’s Gospel

Lk 24: 13-35

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his Body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the Eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)

Answering the vocation to priesthood was never an easy decision. As a seminarian, there are many questions that arise in times of our meditation.The questions of, who am I at my core? Who am I meant to serve? How am I meant to serve? What gifts and strengths can I offer? What effects do my gifts and strengths have to those I am serving? What is my mission at this stage in life? Sometimes I ask myself; why am I here in the seminary?Is this the right place for me?

There were many thoughts that makes me think that I am not for this vocation. There was one time that I really wanted to give up, but it seemed like there wasa fire that burnt in my heart that inspired me to continue this journey. Even if I am shaken by the storms of life and have the difficulty to conform my life to the demands of the seminary formation, I still pursuethis vocation because this is my choice. Every time I feel that the dreams that I havestarted to build may fall apart, there is a deeper hope that still runs in my heart.Several times those problems crushed me to the ground, but still I stand up to continue and never give up the fight. I know that I am ruled by a greater love that makes me feel safe in this journey.At times when I am afraid to go on, it seems like there is a voice whispering to my ear that says,move forward and never be afraid. Ifat times I cannotunderstand my life as I travel on this journey, I will just lift up my hands and call upon His name, for He has the reason for all these things. Although I struggle a lot being a seminarian, I still continue to givemy best and submit myself to formation. “Were not our hearts burning within us?”.

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