5 April 2019. Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph F. Feniquito)
How well do I know Jesus? Is my heart open to receive Jesus? These are the questions that bother me.
In the seminary formation, one important pillar of the formation is Academics. It is part of formation that cultivates my wisdom and knowledge about God. I studied a lot of theology subjects that provide and strengthen my Christian belief. The challenge is to configure myself to Jesus, believing that He is the Christ, the Savior and the source of the vocation I am responding to.
In the Gospel, Jesus encountered all sorts of challenges during his ministry. He knows that the Jewish authorities are out to kill him. Nevertheless, he deliberately went up to Jerusalem. His purpose was to fulfill his commitment to fulfil the will of the Father, even at the risk of losing his very life. Jesus’ identity is based on his relationship with the Father.
I believe that our real identity is in Christ Jesus. We share in the common priesthood of Christ when we received the Sacrament of Baptism. It is true that rejections, challenges, death threats, and persecutions are painful experiences. Jesus experienced it. As followers of Christ, we may also experience these hurtful encounters. But let us be strengthened by our faith, believing that Jesus will never ever abandon us. In faith and prayer, we cannot be separated from our relationship with the Father. Remember always that we belong to the Lord. And in the power of the Holy Spirt, may we have the courage, firm faith, trust and confidence to live our identity in truth and configure ourselves to Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
The Gospel Today
John 7:1-2; 10, 25-30
Jesus moved about within Galilee;
he did not wish to travel in Judea,
because the Jews were trying to kill him.
But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.
But when his brothers had gone up to the feast,
he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.
Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said,
“Is he not the one they are trying to kill?
And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him.
Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ?
But we know where he is from.
When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said,
“You know me and also know where I am from.
Yet I did not come on my own,
but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.
I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
So they tried to arrest him,
but no one laid a hand upon him,
because his hour had not yet come.