To respond to the call means a lifelong commitment.
Entering the seminary was a very tough decision for me because I was at the peak of my career. Ten years of work in a bank is not a joke and I have started to build a name and reputation for myself. It was also painful for me because I had to leave my aging parents and the fact that I was the only one supporting them financially. There was really suffering.
Nevertheless, my parish priest who also stands as my spiritual director helped me in this dilemma. He kept on reminding me to be sensitive to the call of God and if I really feel that He is calling me to serve then I must immediately decide to follow Him; I must not be indecisive.
Like the first disciples of Jesus, they did not hesitate to follow Jesus. Maybe some of them might be the breadwinners of their family and the ultimate provider. They might have feared leaving their families but because of their desire and willingness to respond to the call, they were given a great role in the mission of Jesus.
Now, I am on my second year in formation and I could say there are still many things that I need to learn and adapt to. Every day is purification in the seminary. My intentions to follow the path of Jesus are being purified and refined. I know the Lord will be with me in this journey. I always thank God for His grace and for allowing me to trust and persevere as I give my total yes to this vocation to the priesthood every single day.
The Gospel Today
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.