8 May 2019. Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter
Reflection (Sem. John Reyman S. Dabuet)
I think one of the most common fears of a person is to be rejected. In some degree, we all have fears of rejection. We fear that the person or persons important to us will reject us by not giving importance to us. We fear that they might reject us by neglecting us when they consider about their important decisions. We even fear that we might be rejected by forgetting about us. By not inviting us in little but important events like birthdays, anniversaries, or reunions, these people hurt us. By not showing or saying that they love us, these people also reject us.
I would never deny that I have fears of rejection myself. I hate to feel unimportant and unloved, so I try to seek or demand attention from people. In the process, I become more hurt when I do not receive the attention and affection I am expecting to receive. I think expecting more hurts me more, and the more I ask others to love me back, the more I hurt myself. Love is not earned by begging. Rather, if I freely love, I freely receive it, too. I believe, my fear of rejection comes from the fact that I do not freely love myself and others, but I keep the love that I need all for myself.
Jesus, in the Gospel, is very encouraging for people who fears rejection. He says he will never reject anyone who comes to him. Therefore, if there is someone to whom I will never feel rejected, unimportant, and unloved, I think it is with Jesus. These words of him prove that I can always count on him in prayers. I can rely in his love for me as enough and I need not expect from others too much. Instead, I should love freely as He loves me freely too. If God himself says he will never reject me, who else can? I continue to rejoice because we have a God who never rejects, but always accepts and understands us. We have a Good Shepherd who guards and protects, but never abandons us.
The Gospel Today
John 6: 35 – 40
Jesus said to the crowds,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen me,
you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”