My encounter with Salesian priests was one of the factors that influenced my decision to enter the priesthood. Their presence, as well as the way they treat others with charity, sparked my interest. I knew that being a priest entailed sacrifice, self-denial, and the painful process of deformation, formation, and transformation. And I wanted to know the secret to their perseverance in their chosen vocation, despite the challenges they face in their ministry and personal lives. What is it about the priesthood that only a few can see? The Lord’s response to this question was simple but powerful: “Come and see.”
“Blessed are the eyes that see the things which you see.” Jesus Christ’s words were mysterious to his listeners, which included learned people. Those who look with faith, those who are moved by God’s Spirit and His Word, and those chosen by God are the ones to whom He manifests Himself. Through their faith in Christ Jesus, the disciples were able to see God’s revelation.
I am still a work in progress. I am in the process of purifying my intentions and aligning my vision with Christ’s vision. The Gospel reminds me to continue to ask God for the grace and to pray, “Increase my faith, Lord.” But now that I am also in priestly formation, it is my turn to invite my family, friends, and acquaintances to “come and see”
the Lord’s goodness.
By: Sem. Sem. Edward R. Miana
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”