18 May 2019. Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Reflection (Sem. Rodel D.O. Aclan)
Usually, we take notice of the behavior, mannerism or physical appearance of a child and compare it to their mother or father. Then we would say, “its undeniable that the child is theirs because the child is a carbon copy of them.”
In the Gospel reading, Jesus taught the disciples of the intimate relationship of Him and God the Father. Jesus in not only a carbon copy of the Father but, The Father is in Him and He is in the Father, hence, whoever saw Him have seen the Father.
When we were baptized, we also entered into this intimate relationship with God. We have become adopted sons and daughters of God, and accordingly, we also become brothers and sisters to one another. We are no longer strangers to each other. We are bound by a divine relationship with God and with one another.
However, in our society today, it is difficult to see this relationship even from the baptized. Countless misunderstandings and misgivings are happening everywhere. We tend to be individualistic. We take care so much of the self but we neglect our responsibility to each other especially to the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable in our midst. We are quick to demand for our rights but turn our back from our share of responsibility for the common good.
It is now my mission to make people feel and see Jesus in me, through my words and deeds and at the same time to see Jesus in others most especially to the least of my brothers and sisters in our communities.
As a baptized, this is my greatest privileged, my undeserved, unmerited gift from God, to become His son; to become His dwelling place here on earth.
The Gospel Today
John 14: 7-14
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to Jesus,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”