SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Sunday, March 12                                                                      
Ju “Silvano” Hyeon Jeong
Sem. Class of 2018

 

To Follow God’s Will as Mount Students

 

“The Lord said to Abram: Go forth from your land, your relatives, and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” -Genesis 12:1-2

 

As students of the Mount, our first duty is to study. It is our obligation to nourish ourselves intellectually for the future. We all have our own reasons for studying here. For example, I, as a seminarian, am studying for the priesthood, which is my goal and dream. Whatever we work on academically, we have our own goals and, dreams whether we are aware of them or not. If we are not, maybe it is time to think deeply about our dreams and goals. “What do I really want to do in the future? Why is this my goal? Is it what I really desire, or is it what people around me expect me to do?”

 

Abraham was called by God to leave his country, people, and even his father’s household, which means he was asked to leave everything behind and move toward where God was leading. He answered “yes” to God and followed His direction.  Jesus revealed His identity as the Son of God to His disciples in the Transfiguration. His divinity enabled Him to talk to Moses and Elijah as a glorious figure beyond this world. Jesus knew He had to suffer and die to wash away our sins as God the Father desired. Jesus humbled Himself and was obedient to God’s will. He went through shameful and dreadful suffering and death on the cross to wash away our sins, and to fulfill God the Father’s will.

 

Now, as we think about our goals and dreams again, we should ask ourselves if they are really what Our Father wants us to do. We, as    baptized Catholics and Christians, all have an inner desire to follow    Jesus. Now is the time to see if our goals and dreams are aligned with our desire to follow Jesus. Is where we are going and what we are doing aligned with the sacrifice of Jesus? We need to ask God to give us the grace to follow His will.

 

Obviously following God’s will may be challenging and difficult. It may demand self-sacrifice and self-denial. We know, however, that through obedience to God we can receive abundant grace and blessings from God, because obedience is the best way that we can fulfill our earthly journey toward heaven.

 

Lord Jesus, give us strength to follow Your will as You did in accordance with the Father. Amen.

 

Gn 12:1-4a   Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22   2 Tm 1:8b-10   Mt 17:1-9