Rise Again

October 5, 2017
Friday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Luke 10:13-16

Jesus said to them,
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
at the judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.’
Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

Reflection (Sem Gail P. Cruz)

Authority gives us the privilege to rearrange everything especially the mistakes and failures we have done and be able to rise again.

The Gospel speaks about Jesus’ authority given by God the Father, which is why Jesus is the only one who provides us the light to our path. He even sacrificed His life for us, to be free and be saved from sin and condemnation.
As a seminarian, I am formed to imitate and follow the teachings of Christ. His teachings should be easy for me to follow because as a seminarian, I need to pattern my life to His life. This is the very struggle I am facing every day; that as a human, the perfection of Christ’ love is hard to achieve and will never be imitated.

Whenever I commit sin, I cannot help but feel so sad and depressed after I realized what I did. I cry inside and feel so unworthy to be a seminarian. But there comes another morning and thru prayers and confession, I am able to rise again after I fall and celebrate the grace of forgiveness coming from God. Our Lord Jesus Christ always gives me the means to stand again, showing me the right path to continue my journey in my formation. What is the reason I am still here in formation anyway? The only reason why I am still here is because of the graces and mercy of God. In Jesus’ authority, I am always forgiven and because of His authority, I am always given the opportunity to continue imitating him. Though I cannot be perfect as Jesus, at least I can strive to follow His incomparable and merciful love and render it to others. In that way, I will be able to put justice in the call that He gave me.

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