JANUARY 04, 2012
Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious
Reading 1: 1 John 3: 7-10
Psalm: Ps 98: 1, 7-8, 9
Gospel: John 1:35-42
Life is a journey. As we wander each day, we see beautiful and wonderful things around us. We pass a certain path, cross it and meet new acquaintances along the way. These acquaintances may be new friends we encounter and different experiences we gain. Nonetheless, all of these leave a trail in our life. A trail that would teach us something and guide us as we undertake the unfolding challenges we face every day.
In the reading, I was struck by the question “What are you looking for?” For how many days, I have been drowned to frustration and self-disappointment regarding my studies. I was trapped in three problems and blamed myself over and over again of what had happened. When I am alone, the incident keeps on bothering me. Even in my dreams I am being haunted. Supposedly, I will be graduating this coming March however it turned to be a mere illusion this time thinking I was not able to make it in some of my subjects. I have been complaining because of a great mistake I have done and I almost failed to recognize the many blessings I have received in the past. To think, I have more gifts from above. I do not regret I had this failure because starting today, I have accepted my mistake and I am assured that error did not make me weak but it turned me into a stronger person. There are many past instances which are very unexplainable yet self-understandable which justify all these happenings. In the end, I know everything happens for a good reason in God’s time.
Hence, just like the followers in the Gospel who have been prepared for the coming of Jesus Christ, we, too, are being prepared for the biggest or greatest challenge we will be facing in the future. Most of the critical problems we encounter in our journey could either be a training ground or a stepping stone for something better. All we need to do is to put our trust to Him and allow Him to lead our path for He will never put us in danger. Thus, once more, let us welcome Him in our hearts and minds not only this Advent season but every day as we are all invited with excitement to be with Him this Christmas.
MS. KATHRYN JANE T. FAJARDO