To become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) was my greatest dream since I was in my elementary. In 2016, I took the courage to follow that dream. I juggled work and studies at the same time; thus, I could say that the journey was not easy. There was a time that I already wanted to give up because I felt exhausted. Fortunately, the Eucharistic Celebration played an essential part in the life of students and it sustained me. There was an unexplainable joy every time I attended Mass and this led me to take the risk. I took the road less travelled by most–the priestly vocation. Deciding to leave my own dream of becoming an accountant so I could follow Christ through the priesthood was one of the biggest decisions I had ever made. I have no regret and there is no turning back now.
Today’s Gospel reiterates that there is a time for everything. Jesus told the disciples of John that fasting could not be appropriately observed because the Bridegroom was still with them. This message of Jesus implies that there is no reason to be mournful if they still have the Son of the Living God with them.
Jesus wants to celebrate with us. He wants to gather us to fill our hearts with joy. When we are with Him, it is just right to be in a celebratory mode. The call to become one with Christ is the message of the Gospel for me as a priest-in-process. I am encouraged to find my true source of happiness only with Him. Losing God’s presence in our lives means losing our own lives. Becoming a true disciple of Jesus means focusing our sight towards Him alone.
Lent is a reminder that the path towards Christ requires tenacity amidst challenges. We learn to fast, knowing that after these sacrifices done with love, we would meet the Church’s Bridegroom—that is, Jesus.
By: Sem. Bryan S. Valenzuela
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.”