15 May 2019. Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Reflection (Sem. John Paul S. Adia)
For the past readings, we encountered a Jesus who has the authority and perfectly in control. But today’s Gospel talks about Jesus who is submissive to the Father; who speaks not for Himself but as given to Him; and, who acts according to the will of the Father. People might see it contradicting, but definitely, these two are interrelated. Jesus is a king, a true God and true man. But His kingship is not just about position or authority. It is also about SERVANTHOOD. Who could say that despite a high “position” that he is acting according to other’s will. Jesus is so obedient that His will and the will of the Father are one. And he exults the Father just like a son who is ever loyal to his parent.
My will should not overpower me. This might be a good mantra to balance things and decide in different situations. I, for instance, can be manipulated by my own emotions but this should not be the cause for me not to discern well especially for my vocation. If my vocation is all about my will, then I can say that this point of my journey is a struggle in pursuing what I want and not what God wants for me. It becomes a position or state of life that I need to reach. But it is not. Every step of formation is a cooperation to the will of God. There are crosses and trials but I would rather not escape from them for these experiences will also help me to be ready for the plan of God that awaits me in the future. My response should be a response of my servanthood to His will.
Despite the uncertainties that we may go through in life, and as we follow Jesus, let us remember His assurance through His words, “[It is] the Father who sent me commanded me to [speak].” What other assurance do we need if it is already coming from God?
The Gospel Today
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.”