The following reflection was written by Gertrudes Samson on her 4th month of orientation with the Columban Lay Missionaries. She shared this reflection to the parishioners of Malate Parish on October 18, 2009. Getrudes and her two companions just completed their 10 months orientation and are awaiting for their visa to Britain where they are assigned.
“But why?”, you may ask.
One day while I was reading my daily gospel and daily bread some bible verses struck me. It was 1Corinthians 13:8 & Luke 21:33 which said “…where there is knowledge it will pass away .… Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Right there, I realized its truth. Yes I keep on studying but the technical knowledge I gain will go passé and I will forever need to update. But God’s words will never go passé. It is timeless and always helpful for our present and future. This could be passed on from generation to generation to all, regardless of physical boundaries, culture, race, and even gender. And this is how I came to remember the Columban Lay Missionaries again. Suddenly I had that desire in my heart to know more of God’s words deeply and intensively. And I believe, this is more urgent than a doctorate degree.