July 8, 2017
Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.
No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth,
for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.
People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.
Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Justin G. Gatus)
This formation year, I am now in my first year in Theology. My Basic Ecclesial Community exposure apostolate in the Diocese of Tagum helped me in my transition stage from being a Philosophy student to a Theology student. There are a lot of changes to which I need to adjust to. I need to modify some of the things that I was used to when I was still in my Philosophy years. Although Philosophy is a precursor to Theology, they have significant differences because now, one does not only think freely about a certain topic but a theology student studies God through different perspectives and realities in the Church. Another major adjustment is meeting the expectations of being a Theology student and a third year seminarian. People will be expecting a lot from you—and this must be an encouragement, not only to perform, but also to embrace the identity of being a priest. In my first few weeks of being a theology student, I am still adjusting by balancing my academics with the other three pillars of the seminary formation. I cannot remain as a Philosophy student that I was. There must be an improvement and upgrading of the holistic integration now that I am a theology student.
In our Gospel today, Jesus invites us to move beyond our comfort zones. He wants the disciples of John to move out of what is familiar and comfortable. He is challenging us always to look things in a new perspective and not just to be contented on what we already know. In life, there are things that we so are used to that may not be applicable to the present anymore. We would hear parents say, “During our time, this is how we do it.” But time changes. There are some things which are probably applicable to some but, surely, there would be changes that needs to be done. There is nothing wrong in living out what we have learned from the past, but what is important is that we must constantly let ourselves grow in His loving guidance and providence. Jesus invites us to a radical change in life of faith and holiness. It might take a while but having a good disposition and an unfailing faith in Him will lead us to a better tomorrow.