November 17, 2017
Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious
The Gospel Today
Luke 17: 26-37
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather.”
Reflection (Mr. Gail P. Cruz)
Most people say that the meaning of life is found in each one’s experiences. There is indeed value in the comforts life provides, but these can possibly lead us to danger of being indifferent and forgetting others.
The Gospel reminds me of a time when I was usually blinded by the many beautiful veils covering my head, blocking my sight so I cannot see what separates me from others.
Before I entered the seminary and was still working as a landscape designer, I can say that I was earning more than I needed. And what did I do with that money? Instead of thinking of others’ needs, I saved the money thinking that it was only for me and my family. Little by little, I let myself become used to buying things more than what I need. Even with my family, I made sure that I would buy and give them whatever they want especially my siblings. I spoiled them in the guise of generosity to my family.
During those times I also served as an altar server in a chapel in Makati. One of the main activities there is the apostolate for the needy. I felt guilty because I was never involved in helping even in contributing a small amount for the apostolate.
Now as a seminarian, the Gospel invites me to live a simple life, to share what I have and to involve myself especially with the needy. I want to make the poor happy even in my own simple way. As a seminarian, I need also to balance my life here and with my family. I need to detach myself from them little by little so that I can spend more time with my current community and give myself totally in formation. Likewise, living in the community, I have learned that in my own simple way, there are a lot of things I can share with others.