September 16, 2017
Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to his disciples:
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?
I will show you what someone is like who comes to me,
listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a man building a house,
who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
when the flood came, the river burst against that house
but could not shake it because it had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act
is like a person who built a house on the ground
without a foundation.
When the river burst against it,
it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”
Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
Mary Magdalene was the one who had seven demons gone out of her. She had experienced the world apart from God and desperately sought Jesus for help and peace and she found it! God works deeply in our hearts, not just for the poor and destitute, but for the rich too. Riches do not give peace but only God’s promises. How do one understand the corruption and sickening indulgence around her? Joanna, also named here, had great wealth, as her husband oversaw Herod’s riches. She knew it was not riches, fame or security that met the deep needs of human depravity, but she did discover the peace she was looking for in Jesus. Perhaps I am inflamed with a love of the world and now wonder if somehow I can separate myself from that which has begun to control my own life.
I entered Holy Apostles Senior Seminary, a seminary for late vocation, on May 2016. It was a sudden, life-changing experience as I left my profession and entered priesthood. But as Fr. Jose Aripio said in one of our conferences here in the seminary, “to answer the call to priesthood is to follow the will of God, and do not be afraid because He will provide and He sustains”. I know how hard it is for me to leave my profession, but I chose to follow the steps of Christ because I feel I am at peace with Him. As I continue with my formation, I can really feel the promises of Jesus that He will provide everything. I am so blessed that Jesus uses a person who stands as my benefactor and supports everything that I need in formation. I never thought that I would experience such things in my life. I was wounded in the past from many struggles but now I left my profession and entered this vocation to priesthood because I know that Jesus will heal me. I will always trust in His promise.