A sinner called by God

“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” We always hear this being said during the Mass. This is a very sincere prayer for someone who humbly knows his creatureliness in front of the God-Creator. I can relate with that prayer especially when I remember how God has entered and made His presence felt during my days of discernment and seminary application.

Despite of my sinfulness, flaws and shortcomings, I heard the voice of God calling me. I heeded His invitation to enter the seminary despite of my unworthiness. I knew that responding to His invitation would entail uncertainties. I, however, put my trust in Him.

I took the entrance examination at Holy Apostles Senior Seminary to properly discern His call. I told myself that if I would pass the examination, I would definitely enter the seminary. Otherwise, I would totally forget about this vocation. Few days after taking the exam, I received another message confirming that I passed the examination. They invited me to proceed with the next steps. I just opened myself up to this possibility. I asked God to be with me especially during my moments of uncertainties. And God never left me in this journey.

Trusting God is so important especially in my situation that I need to surrender everything to respond to His call. There might be full of uncertainties in responding to His call, but I am putting my trust in Him.

By: Sem. Jimwell S. Sales

Today’s Gospel

Lk 7:1-10

When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his slave.
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
“He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.”
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
“Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I too am a person subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, Go, and he goes;
and to another, Come here, and he comes;
and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
“I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.

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