July 9, 2017
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Gerald M. Moscardon)
Seminary formation brings out the good and the bad in you. It makes you aware of your own hidden issues that creep up in unexpected moments. When I was in my first year in formation, I would always be disappointed with myself when I make mistakes during my prayer leading and other seminary activities. More so when I see other brothers’ mistakes as if I make it as my own. I was putting unnecessary burden upon myself by aiming for perfection which I know I can never attain. I thought I was doing a good thing by doing the “right” thing; the perfect way.
The Gospel today talks about Jesus’ invitation to the Jews to come to Him, all those who are labored by the laws of Moses. They may be too demanding that required a lot from a devout Jew because they impose loyalty to the letter of the law by doing the “right” thing. By subscribing to the law down to the letter, people may lose sight of what is essential; the spirit of the law. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and He is showing us how it is to do the right thing by doing the good thing – to love.
Every rule that we follow or law that we submit to, we should follow them not because we are afraid of them but because we love the goodness in them. Laws are in place to espouse goodness amongst men. When Jesus asks us to come to Him, he does not tell us to disregard the law but invites us to look deeper in the spirit it espouses. In the seminary formation, all rules boil down to one spirit, to love. It dramatically reduces the rules quantitatively but qualitatively, it requires more from me because I will always have to look way beyond the stipulations of the rules and find the goodness in it and the opportunity to love my neighbor through those rules. Amen.