Come, Follow Me!

August 21, 2017
Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope
The Gospel Today
Matthew 19:16-22

A young man approached Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good.
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to him,
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.

REFLECTION (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)

The conversation of Jesus and the young man in today’s Gospel is telling us of Jesus’ closeness to all, especially those who are in search of eternal life. Have you asked yourself the same question that the young man have asked Jesus: “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”

Before entering the seminary, I have served in various apostolates in the church, like catechetics, youth, and in liturgical celebrations. I also served in the educational ministry for more than a decade, yet, I still face the same question: “What good must I do to gain eternal life?”

The answer did not come so quickly, not until I contemplated on the words of Jesus: “Come, follow me.” My response to the invitation of Jesus is quite late, because like the young man, I went away to forget the invitation of Jesus. I held on to my profession and the benefits it provided. I was contented already with the perks and travels. In other words, I cannot give up the temporal possessions in my life.

Not until two years ago have I finally decided to heed the call to the priesthood. In this way, I believe that I am responding to the invitation of Jesus with courage that comes from Him. If there is one thing that I am sure during the time that I decided to pursue this vocation, it is the truth that everything that had happened before were part of His design in my life. So I have all the reason to give everything back to Him, even my own life.
How many of us have been like the young man in the Gospel? Let us not forget that Jesus is continually inviting us to follow Him. You can be a different young man, you can still heed his call!

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