November 2, 2015

The Gospel Today 

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

John 14:1-6           

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith* in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.
Where [I] am going you know the way.
Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth* and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Reflection (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)

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The Gospel made me reflect on how God is truly present in my life and see that Jesus is always available to me. In the Gospel narratives, Jesus assures us many times of His presence: “Do not fear. Do not be afraid. It is I.” Today, He says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” in the midst of our own fear and great difficulties in life.

The experience of the 30-day retreat last summer allowed me to appreciate and attain a personal conviction that God is truly present in all my experiences.

I can say, “Walang panahon sa lahat ng karanasan dahil lahat ay may katumbas na biyaya at pagkilos mula sa pagmamahal ng Panginoon.” Through this, I can share even the most hurtful experiences.

It is truly by God’s grace that I was able to see the significance of all my experiences in my present situation. Even if I say that most of them were not good and were more about suffering, they have become an avenue for me to acquire strength and to have a strong will, to dream and to increase my faith. I remember that even the difficulties in my life have led me to be more dependent on God’s mercy and to have devotions, like the Novena to our Mother of Perpetual Help and the rosary.

In the Gospel, Jesus promises future rewards. Trust and total attachment to Jesus is rewarded by His faithfulness until the end. He Himself will come to bring us to the home prepared for us. More important, we can go home to the Father, to His Father and to our Father.

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