May 9, 2013

The Gospel Today

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Jn 16: 16-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“A little while and you will no longer see me,
and again a little while later and you will see me.”
So some of his disciples said to one another,
“What does this mean that he is saying to us,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me,’
and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”
So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ of which he speaks?
We do not know what he means.”
Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them,
“Are you discussing with one another what I said,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me’?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”

Reflection (Sem. Philip Faustino S. Volante)

In today’s gospel, Jesus is talking about his death and resurrection. “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later you will see me.”

There is this program that seminarians of the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary go through called HALE wherein one of the topics is about death. In this particular topic, we were asked about how we want our funeral to be. Some of us would ask, “what for? I won’t be able to see it since I’m already dead!” I think the main point here is to not fear death. I remember telling in that program that I want to be cremated and to be placed near the urn of my grandfather in our mausoleum. No chandelier lights, but I want the light s to be coming from below, I don’t like to have curtains as my background, but bamboos lined up to have the atmosphere of zen. I also want to have a string quartet playing their instruments as my background music.  In the gospel, Jesus talks about his death in a very casual manner. Not only once did he mention something about his death, and how he will suffer before dying.

Most of us fear death. I myself fear death! I always think that I am still young, I still have plans to accomplish and I still want to do so many things. What is it in death that we fear? I think, we fear losing all the good things that we are experiencing here on earth. We fear losing our material things, our loved ones, and our careers. And we forget to see that death brings us closer to the Father.

In our case, entering the seminary is like death, we let go of so many things. We have to die of the many things that the world has given us. But we know that this death leads us to God, to grow in his love and mercy.

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