The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Jesus cried out and said,
“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me
but also in the one who sent me,
and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.
I came into the world as light,
so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.
And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them,
I do not condemn him,
for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.
Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words
has something to judge him: the word that I spoke,
it will condemn him on the last day,
because I did not speak on my own,
but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life.
So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”
Reflection (Sem. Edgar Calma)
In this world of high technology and social media, almost all of us have facebook accounts. It is an avenue for social interaction. It is a meeting place of families, friends and acquaintances in the world of virtual reality. It is a world where we meet “face to face.” Our facebook is our face and identity in the global village of social media and virtual encounters.
In the gospel for today, our Lord Jesus Christ is the face and embodiment of our Father in heaven. “Jesus cried out and said, Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.” (Jn12:44). Jesus as the face and embodiment of the Father leaves us three significant points to ponder: First is that Jesus mirrors the light of the Father. Secondly, He did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. This reflects the greatness and insurmountable mercy and compassion of Jesus flowing out from the Father. And lastly, that Jesus came to speak the redeeming love of the Father and to share that love with all men and women.
As we reflect on the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, may we truly see the face of Jesus in our daily encounters and experiences in life — at work, at home, in community, and in our relationship with our brothers and sisters. To bring light is to inspire and motivate in the midst of trials and sufferings. To save is to always be willing to listen to a brother in need, to open our hearts with the sufferings of our neighbor and elderly people. To speak about eternal life is to give hope in spite of failures and frustrations in one’s career, family relationships and endeavors in life. This may seem to be easier said than done. I guess it is true, if we don’t become extra sensitive and conscious of how God reveals and communicates with us in our personal struggles and joys. I believe the great challenge is to look and search for the face of Jesus in otherswho mirrors the face of our Heavenly Father. Amen.