Jesus, our Hope

Sometimes, it seems difficult to trust God, especially when there are circumstances that seem impossible to bear. We then ask ourselves, “Why do I have to experience this?”

When I was in college in 2006, I learned that my beloved grandfather had a tumor in his right lung and was in a very serious condition. I felt very emotional then because my Lolo has always been my inspiration. The doctor said that a surgery might be too risky and dangerous for him as he was already in a weakened state. After six months of medication, he passed away. I was very devastated and had difficulty moving past the pain of losing him. I was still in pain when I entered the seminary. But God used the seminary formation to help me address it and move forward from that painful experience. Through counseling and the programs we had, particularly our hospital apostolate, the pain I had was healed.

The message of the Gospel for me is to always put my hope and trust in God amidst any circumstance. I thought the death of my Lolo would bury me in sadness all my life, but God reminded me that in Jesus I have hope. The Gospel reminds me to always hold on to Him, especially during the most painful of experiences. I could always put my trust in God since God Himself allowed His Son to go through pain, suffering, and death. I might experience a death like Jesus’, but I must remember He overcomed death and he also brought the promise of resurrection. All I have to do is to have faith and trust in Him, remembering and professing, that He is “the Christ.”

By: Sem. Eric Yabut

Today’s Gospel

Mk 8:27-33

Jesus and his disciples set out
for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
Along the way he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that I am?”
They said in reply,
“John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.”
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.”
Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He began to teach them
that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and rise after three days.
He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

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