Before the pandemic, my mother and her friends would usually meet in our chapel every Tuesday at 3 o’clock in the afternoon to pray the Marian Cenacle. But because of the threat of Covid-19, they were prevented from meeting and praying together. During the first weeks of the lockdown, I was thinking of what I could do to help my mother and her friends go back to their “Tuesday habit”. I noticed that every day, they would call each other via Facebook messenger. I decided to create a chat group for them as their means to gather virtually and pray again the Marian Cenacle. Since then, they would pray every day at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. One day, I joined them and while praying, I was surprised to know that they would offer an intention for me as well as my batchmates.
In the gospel, the twelve disciples and some women who had been cured from evil spirits and other infirmities namely Mary of Magdala, Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, Susanna, and others were helping Jesus in His mission to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God through their resources. I see my mother and her friends in those women in the Gospel. Like the women who never failed to help Jesus in His ministry, my mother and her friends include me in their prayers everyday as I heed the call to the priesthood. The gospel reminds us to not forget the people who accompany and pray for our endeavors. It is also a challenge for us to be of help to others in whatever way we can and to become sharers in Jesus’s mission of proclaiming the good news despite our limitations.
By: Sem. Nico Jay Z. del Mundo
Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources