Thankful to the Lord

November 15, 2017
Wednesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Luke 17: 11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”

Reflection (Sem. Keith R. Buenaventura)

One day during my first year as a bank employee, I began to contemplate where my life was headed. Surely, I told people I was going to be a successful banker and that I will go into Investment Trading just like my boss who happened to be a bank trader and analyst. I looked at my boss that night after office hours as he sat behind his table, tired and burdened by work and worries. I wondered if life indeed would find fullness and completeness in being rich and influential. I started to doubt whether my search for meaning would find its completion in embracing the standards of the world in terms of success, fulfillment, and happiness. I thought there ought to be something more. Life is meant more than this world. There must be!
My search for meaning brought me here in the seminary. Entering the seminary is not so much because I desire to be here, but because at many points in my life I have been grasped by the conviction that God wants me here. This is the fruit of my discernment and even today I am convinced that I made the right decision.

I am clueless where God will take me next, but I am ready as always to let go of my plans in exchange for His will. If later on I do not become a priest, I do not think God will abandon me even then. He has given me many gifts and has equipped me with so much. There are several opportunities I can always go back to. But just for now, I thank God for accompanying me all the days I have in the seminary. He is faithful as always. The faith of the Samaritan in the Gospel allowed him to go back to Jesus and give praise and thanks for what the Lord has done.

Similarly, I always make it a point to thank the Lord every day for all the goodness He has bestowed upon me. The Lord is a Lord of many blessings for all those who believe in Him.

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