November 13, 2017
Monday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur.
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!
If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’
you should forgive him.”
And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
Reflection (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
I was a consecrated member of Signum Fidei Association, a group-collaborator of the Christian Brothers or commonly known as Lasallian Brothers in providing Christian education. Our association fosters becoming signs of faith, to be in communion with the educational mission of St. La Salle, and to serve the children entrusted to our care, especially the underprivileged.
To fulfill my temporal consecration vows, I committed myself in teaching in the night high school as volunteer-teacher and in Saturday school that caters children from the partner communities. I found deeper meaning of being a teacher through these apostolate works. It helped me deepened my faith in God as I continue to serve Him in the persons of my students.
In our Gospel for today, like the apostles who asked Jesus to increase their faith, I found myself asking Jesus the same request. And the reply of Jesus is an affirmation of the faith I possessed. Jesus wants me to put my faith into concrete action, no matter how small or big it is. In that way, I become a living sign of faith.
Seminary formation is a continuing challenge of not just of ones faith, but of how to put this faith into action, considering the many demands of seminary life. In seminary formation, I can be a sign of faith through my witnessing of the love of Jesus in my journey, in serving them in my own simple way, in praying for them, and in showing concern.