The Gospel Today
Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Jn 15: 26 – 16: 4a
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”
Reflection (Sem. Jonathan T. Cigaral)
We are children of God and this was made clear through the teachings of Jesus Christ. Being the children of His Father allows us to realize the intimate mystery of God that there is a communion in the Holy Trinity: the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. In the gospel, Jesus said that “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.”
As priests in process, it has been inculcated to us senior seminarians that we should always live our lives inside and outside the seminary as witnesses of the Gospel. For us to be able to satisfactorily live out this profound challenge, we should be able to live a righteous life. But how do we live a righteous life? To begin with, one must have a small opening in his heart in order for the Holy Spirit to come in. Just like what our formators would always tell us that we must always be docile to the spirit in the formation process. This is the very reason why fraternal correction is encouraged inside the community because we are all co-formators to everyone. We correct not to humiliate but to help each and everyone to be the persons that we ought to be. In one of our community evaluations, we were asked to state in the presence of the entire community how we appraised each of our members. At first and as a newbie in the formation, I thought that it was so embarrassing to say the inadequacy of a person aloud. It was so difficult to be candid about how I assessed each of the members of the community particularly the aspect of their weaknesses. But after having reflected on the rationale behind the whole process, I was able to say what I needed to say in front of everyone. I thought that I was honest enough in stating both the strengths and weaknesses of my brothers. What compelled me to say the things that I needed to say was the thought of me being able to help them by making them knowing themselves better. Self awareness is integral in being able to live the life of righteousness which later on would be paramount to being witnesses of the Gospel.
To be a witness of God’s Words is a great honor that we have as His children. The challenge is left on us on how we could remain faithful to this calling.