July 31, 2017
Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest
The Gospel Today
Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.”
He spoke to them another parable.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened.”
All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.
REFLECTION (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
My BEC summer apostolate in one of the parishes of the Diocese of Tagum made me deeply and truly love the Lord Jesus and the Church. Reaching the far flung Gagmayng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK) or the Basic Ecclesial Communities after more than two hours of motorcycle ride meant a lot for the members as they were really looking forward to hear the message of the Gospel. Listening to their daily struggles, stories of joy in living as a family and as a GKK, their hopes in life, and their faith- journeys, have moved me to pray and thank God for the concrete examples of experiences that will give greater glory to His name.
During the celebrations of the Holy Eucharist there, it dawned in me that the sacramental actions of the priest and the community are all for the greater glory of God. Every time I deliver my sharing during the Mass, I always anchor on the Joy of the Gospel; that in everything in our lives, we have Jesus Christ who loves us unconditionally and who journeys with us for the greater glory of His Father.
In pursuing the invitation of Jesus, being a priest-in-process, I am always conscious of the invitation of doing things that give greater glory to God. The seminary formation is a realization of this process, in such a way, the formation ushered me to be docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit – that is to be all for God and His Church, for His greater glory.