When I was still working in the corporate world, a fast-paced environment must be maintained, especially since I was part of the Accounting Department and we needed to beat deadlines. Eight hours a day in front of the computer were not enough to finish all the necessary output. I had to put in extended hours of work to accomplish the reports. Despite the busy schedule, I still went on to join our parish’s Ministry of Lectors and Commentators. I was usually assigned to serve at the 5:00 am Masses. There were times when I felt so sleepy, especially after a tiring previous day’s work, that I just wanted to prolong my sleep. However, I also always aimed not to skip any opportunity to serve. I made a commitment despite the struggles and difficulties because I treasure my service and relationship with the Lord.
Jesus’ words to Martha as being anxious and worried are also a reminder to me. I, too, can be overwhelmed by the pace of life. I need to check myself whenever I see worldly things as more important than time with the Lord. I always need to choose the better part. Time will not stop, nor will my other responsibilities disappear, but it is up to me to find time and ways to meet and be present with the Lord. Fortunately, in the seminary, we are given the opportunities to encounter and commune with God in the Holy Eucharist, Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, and personal prayer times.
The Lord is always inviting each one of us to commune with Him. He is just waiting for us to be silent, be at peace, and rest in His presence. I must admit that, at times, I make God as an option only and not a priority. Still, His love for me never diminished nor changed. One of the many lessons I learned here in the seminary is that God is always present, even in the ordinariness of our days. We can find Jesus anywhere and everywhere through different people and events.
By: Sem. Bryan S. Valenzuela
Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”