October 24, 2017
Tuesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”
Reflection (Sem. Eric Yabut)
“Be prepared for the coming of the Master”. There are times when we feel tired of doing things and everything seems routinary. The steward in our Gospel reading for today shows patience while waiting for the coming of the Master. This kind of trait is good to imbibe.
There was a joke that I used to hear when I was in high school. “He must be sleeping when God showered His blessings that is why he just received only a few”.
Being a servant of God, we have to give everything to Him because He gave His everything to us. Everything we need is provided to us by God, so in return, we must show our gratitude to God by serving with all our heart and soul. For example, in a corporate setting, doing one’s work with integrity and loyalty not only because he is paid based on his performance, is a manifestation of love of serving.
Being a priest-in-process, many people sacrificed a lot for me to be formed as a good priest someday. They are my benefactors believing in my determination to be formed here in the seminary. They do not see what we are doing but they placed their trust in my formation so I must return that trust to them as I persevere in my formation. A mature seminarian shows trust in the formation and loves what he is doing, not just complaining if the situation does not favor him.
Brothers and sisters, this is the invitation of Christ to us as we follow Him that we trust in His will because He has plans for our life. Be prepared for His surprises and moreover love God with all our might.