17 May 2019. Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Reflection (Rev. Ivan Joseph F. Feniquito)
I experienced separation anxiety or “sepangs” in most of the events of my life. It was when being separated in what I used to do or to the people I was with or moving away from my comfort zones. These were the “blue” seasons of my life.
At present, as I finish my seminary formation, I am faced with the realities of life in the ministry in the diocese. During these moments, I cannot deny the fact that I feel nervous in a way. This is now outside the seminary walls. This is now the real battleground of faith. My heart is also troubled same as what the disciples experienced in the Gospel.
Jesus in the Gospel, at this point of his life, I can’t help but feel sorrow as he delivers his last messages to the disciples. Jesus bids his words of farewell, and assures his disciples that they will be reunited again to the heavenly dwelling place prepared for them.
In today’s Gospel, the invitation for us is to trust in the Word; keep the faith especially in times of difficulties caused by anxieties, separations, challenges, and trials in life. Also, in following Jesus, we should let go of our comfort zone, be brave and vulnerable to the realities of life. I need to be rooted in the promise of Jesus. I will stay close and hold firm to the way to salvation, the Truth of the Good News and to the everlasting life. In God’s time, we will be with Him in the heavenly dwelling place, a special place prepared for us – in the heart of Jesus.
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.”