Every story in our lives can be used by God to teach us how to trust and love Him more. In the gospel, Jesus used stories in the form of parables to bring His message to the people. There were moments before when I doubted God’s power, especially when difficult things happen. But I would always realize that His faithfulness is forever. At times, His faithfulness can be seen and heard through other people’s stories.
There was once a catechist who shared with me how her eyes and ears were opened through the teachings and unconditional love of Christ. She talked about her dark past, when she was not yet part of any church organization. Without hesitation, she told me how she used to be addicted to worldly things and vices. She, together with her partner, even became dependent on prohibited drugs, which would later cost her partner’s life. I was moved by her stories because she openly told them to anyone without thinking about what others might think or say about her. Her past allowed her to see, hear and experience Christ. I was amazed at how she had changed because of it. Her story gave me hope and inspired me to persevere and continue in my vocation.
It is my prayer that, as a priest-in-process, I may also see and hear clearly the voice of Christ telling me that the woundedness of others and my own can be a source of healing and hope.
By: Sem. Eric Yabut
Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the Evil One,
and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his Kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”