July 12, 2017
Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:
first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew,
Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot
who betrayed Jesus.
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
“Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”
REFLECTION (Sem. Keith R. Buenaventura)
Bit by bit, I am starting to realize that I have been prepared for all the tasks given in the seminary. My journal is there, complete with experiences, old prayers, life patterns, and testaments that my God is faithful. It seems that God had already equipped me long before with the necessary courage and patience, and the time had come to bring these gifts out. So given all the support in our seminary formation, instead of sulking over circumstances beyond my control and over what I thought was missing, I slowly learn how to see and appreciate what I already have. I learn to go back to the basics of life, to appreciate little things, such as watching sunrises and taking long walks without ever getting tired of them. There is much to discover, so I take time to explore from stepping out in front of a crowd to trusting my inner self that “I can do it.”
As someone who gives healing to others through our pastoral ministry, I am also prone to woundedness. Indeed, healers are wounded too. Any kind of vulnerability creates a spiritual crisis that prompts us to reach out to God. A health crisis is almost always both a physical and spiritual crisis. Through the many processes done in the seminary formation, I feel I am also being healed as I do my pastoral visits to the sick. There is indeed a two-way healing. I am healed as I provide spiritual healing to the patients I visit.
When God called the twelve apostles and commissioned them to preach the Gospel and heal the sick, they were also wounded yet they were given the power by the Lord to do such Godly things for the people in need. I am also called to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.