When I was still working as a software developer, I remember the days when I had to sacrifice and work way past my regular working hours. Back then, we had a lot of demanding projects and I had to work in a team which is mostly composed of fresh graduates. As a senior member of the team, I had to assist almost all of them so that our team would be able to finish all our deliverables on time. Since this consumes much of my time, I had to work double shifts that I may also be able to finish the tasks that I must personally carry out.
As we worked double shifts on those projects for almost an entire week, I noticed that even though I felt exhausted almost every day, I kept on pushing my limits. What I did was, instead of complaining, I gladly lent a hand and joyfully mentored the junior members of our team. In the end, we were able to finish the projects. As their senior, my exhaustion and weariness turned into a feeling of fulfillment as I saw them growing in this field and professionally maturing from the difficulties and hardships that we had been through.
Today’s Gospel challenges us to accomplish the work God gives us every day. We are invited to offer our work, be it great or small, for the glory of God. The Gospel reminds us to imitate Jesus in accomplishing His work of salvation out of great love, glorifying the Father through obedience.
By: Sem. Alvin R. Cedo
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
just as you gave him authority over all people,
so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life,
that they should know you, the only true God,
and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
and everything of yours is mine,
and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world,
but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”