Love Stands Firm

Having graduated from high school then, my foster parents brought me to the university to look for a college course. Standing there in front of the posters that advertised the courses, I said, “I will enter the seminary.” They said, “It is impractical! Why should you choose something that is too time-consuming and offers no assurance that you will even become a priest after all those years of study?” I fell silent. Unknown to them though, I had already contacted a priest who also became an instrument in my entrance to the seminary. Later on, my foster father told me, “Go ahead! Anyway, the poorest among us is not the one without money, but the one with no ambition at all.”

It took a leap of faith and a firm resolve to follow the Lord in this way. It was a breakthrough for me to venture into a kind of life that searches for meaning and not for monetary success. Along the way, in my seminary endeavors, I realized that my foster father seemed prophetic in his words. While I had lots of struggles and difficulties, the same hardships transformed into personal strengths. The key there is love. It is love that causes me to stand still and stay firm.

I had been in different apostolates as a seminarian. All that I had experienced enabled me to see how good the Lord has been with me. I feel good about helping others, especially those who are really in great need. Helping others make us feel better because our lives are meant for a higher purpose and meaning. When one gives his life in the service of the Lord and His people, God can never be outdone in generosity and will provide for all his needs. Our happiness is in living the life designed for us by our Creator.

Today’s gospel reminds us that Jesus never promised a comfortable life here on earth. But He assures us that we will be a part of his eternal kingdom of love, peace, and harmony. His mercy and love make all things possible. He assures us that He will never leave our side.

By: Sem. Ace Vergel D. Quilope

Today’s Gospel

Lk 6:36-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”

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