The Mystery of the Priesthood :
Th article above sums it all in giving a glimpse of that life where I am about to choose. Priesthood or religious life is a vocation to love and give beyond one’s self even to the point of death. Suffering is not an option but a daily penance to show the world that God loves us in ways we cannot imagine as possible. A consecrated life entails an active participation in building up the Kingdom of God thru love and service, and a mere career is not enough to cover this great task that’s why it always entail lengthy preparation and self-reflection through years of prayers and meditation in order to ingrain that value of sacrifice in the name of love God put into our hearts.
Prayer’s contribution to this noble vocation cannot be underestimated. It is the life and soul of every priest, religious brother and sister may they be in their ministries outside the world, or praying silently with the Lord in the silence of dawn. It nourishes the tired soul as it penetrates the doubts and anxiety of the day, console a doubting soul whose care of weary souls seem to snatch that divine inspiration to move on, or just rest on the thought and reality of God’s benevolence is present in a seemingly chaotic world.
One thing I learned when I was in the seminary was the importance of prayer and community life. Through community life, we experience giving oneself to others, to shaer one’s talents, one’s fears and dreams, and ultimately friendship to be there when no body dares to care. Easier said than done, but it entails countless sacrifices, and suffering for the good in order for God to work on us. Through these little dying we experience daily, we are asked again and again thru prayer to renew that response to God in doing His will in our lives.
I pray, I may found worthy to partake that life, and in my own little way give myself to God and His people. Your Will be done!
The readings last Sunday shows the ability of the human person to comprehend God’s will in creation and in people. Simon’s proclamation of God’s benevolence for all is inherent in the human heart and can be seen working in the smallest of actions and even in the contradictory of events. Somehow it touched me to seek God more in small things and see how these events transform me to be nearer to God and to others.
As a Christian, this feast elicits reflection on how sensitive am I to the work and grace of God in my life in general and in my vocation? Can I see the work of God in my everyday life? How sensitive am I to thank God for these revelations and experiences? And in return, what do I offer in return?
The reflections above is but a lifetime task, but I guess I can start effortlessly by paying attention to my immediate world; my family, friends, and work? Extended, to my prayerlife, to my relationship to God and to others. Do I let God work in my life? To be an instrument of peaceso others can come to God? All too often, I found myself lacking but thanks be to God I am made aware of these so I can grow in my spiritual life. With God’s grace and mercy, I continue to say yes to God, even though sometimes the human element of anxiety is there. I will hold on to His promise, for his love and faithfulness endures forever, Amen!
The readings last Sunday narrates the calling of the first apostles of Jesus. It was special for me as I participated in the Sunday apostolate of the Eudist seminarians at Bagong Silangan. At first, I was hesitant or nervous how the apostolate will take place as it was years ago since the time I was in a similar setting.
The children are friendly, though we’re not priests, they asked our hands and make “mano”. It was a heartwarming gesture which only shows I am accepted as part of the group. The most interesting part happened when the Eudist brother grouped the children and I was assigned to lead one and help them reflect on the Sunday Gospel. I was worried for a while because again I didn’t know how it will turn out. Thankfully, we started the sharing lightly, and gradually I got their attention and friendship in a very short time. I introduced myself to them and I can see on their eyes their curiousity to know more about me and I let them also introduce themselves also. It was fun as we enjoyed listening to each other and finally got their firnedship.
Later on we played and my team won! The surprise was on me as the brother announced that the prize will come from me come next Sunday (lol). I enjoyed the gathering even though we only spent some hours. Hopefully I can help some of them as they prepare for their first communion next month.
The calling of the disciples is a call towards the whole of humanity. As I answer this call, I am invited to share the calling thru participating the lives and historicities of these men and women. Together we can try to live the Gospel values Jesus preaches in the Kingdom of God.