Today, O Lord, I praise and thank you for the gift of your call that is always personal. Like St. Paul telling us today of his own experience in his call, I remember the mystery of the gift of your grace given to me in a very personal way that have touched me and others too. It is not just the gift of priesthood but most of all the grace of being loved by you despite my many sins.
Forgive me, Jesus, when this gets into my head, when I feel very exclusive like Peter asking you today in the gospel if your parables and teachings are “meant for us or for everyone?” (Lk.12:41) When you refused to answer his question by continuing with your teachings to stress the need to be wise and faithful stewards of your gifts and call, the more I am amazed with you as my Lord and Master: you play no favorites as you are very inclusive but at the same time personally relating with each of us full of love and mercy.
As I treasure your gifts, let me grow deeper in your love that I may faithfully serve you by sharing you with others. Let me own the song of the psalmist today, singing “God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my savior. With joy you will draw water at the fountain of salvation (Ps.12:2-3).” AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022.
*Photo by Mr. Raffy Tima of GMA-7 News in Iceland, 09 October 2018. Used with permission.