October 28, 2017
Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles
The Gospel Today
Jesus went up 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.
Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
Have you ever felt that you are called by God? What is God’s call in your life? When Jesus embarked on his mission, He chose twelve men to be his friends and apostles. In the choice of the twelve, we see a characteristic feature of God’s work. Jesus chose very ordinary people. They were non-professionals, who had no wealth or position. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things, had no special education, and no social advantages. Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take an assignment and do it extraordinarily well. He chose these men, not for what they were, but for what they would be capable of becoming under his direction and power.
Answering the call to priesthood was never an easy decision. Sometimes I ask myself, “Why am I here in the seminary? Is this the right place for me?” According to the philosopher named Immanuel Kant, “It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience”. I really appreciate my experiences in formation because they widen my understanding about myself. As I continue to experience the seminary formation, little by little, I gain knowledge about what seminary formation is all about. Seminary formation pushes me to go beyond my limits. It entails self-discipline to endure the daily tough challenges, but the reward of crossing the hardships every day is glorious. There is no such thing as the ‘ideal age’ or ‘late vocation’ if you want to start following the steps of Christ. Experience following Jesus and you will understand.