September 12, 2017
Tuesday the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called a Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground.
A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon
came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.
Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him
because power came forth from him and healed them all.
Reflection (Sem. Eric Yabut)
All of us have different stories how we are being called to our vocation. We have different personalities, different strength and weaknesses yet we are chosen. We do not know exactly how Jesus chose His disciples. All I know is that they are all sinners and they have flaws in their personalities.
Here in the seminary, I am formed to be a good priest. My weaknesses are being transformed to become my strengths. Unworthy as I am, I am called.
“Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came from him and healed them all”.
Eight years ago, I was an alcoholic. Almost every night after work, I used to have a drinking fellowship with my workmates and it so happened that they were also my housemates. I woke up one morning having a severe headache because of the liquor we drank that night. I then told myself that I will not drink alcoholic drinks anymore.
Then I was invited in a Catholic lay organization by a friend to attend their Christian Life Program which eventually I became very active member. All of the members were young professionals and good thing, they like having clean fun and mostly we gather to have prayer meetings.
The change of heart that I experienced led me to pursue the vocation that was ignited in me when I was in high school. This change of heart put me in the path where Jesus wants me to go.
Being in my third year of formation, God allows me to be more loving in the vocation which I consider as a greatest gift from the Father. My vocation is a gift that can lead others to Jesus Christ.