Everyone has plans for their future. Prior to entering the seminary, I wanted to become a computer programmer, have a house of my own, have a family, be a good father to my children, and be a good husband to my wife. These were my personal plans. One day, however, while we were on our way to a shopping mall, a priest who happened to be my friend suddenly asked me if I would like to pursue my vocation to the ministerial priesthood. I was shocked by his question. I told him that I have no financial means to support my education. Furthermore, I told him that I was in a romantic relationship at that time. He said that I must take the risks of saying “yes” to Jesus’ call.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us that his true follower must deny himself. Jesus himself gave his life for us. Hence, being his follower requires us to give up our possessions. The Gospel today challenges me to examine and reflect on my plans. Am I willing to risk everything for the sake of following Jesus? Giving up my personal desires means allowing myself to improve as a person since I am becoming more inclusive. Responding “yes” to his call is what really matters.
By: Sem. Niñonel Setosta
Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected
by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
Then he said to all,
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
yet lose or forfeit himself?”