4 June 2019. Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Reflection (Sem. Mark Ian V. Abu)
When we were young, it was very hard to ask permission to go somewhere else especially when there were no older people with us. We normally hear our parents or guardians telling us, ‘Something bad might happen to you there. I will not allow you to go because I love you.’ Only later in life when we have our own children to take care of that we realize the importance and truthfulness of those reminders. This is the same as God’s loving concern for us. God’s direction in our lives comes from His desire for us to attain the best in life and be spared from any danger.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ prayer for all of us and His passion for life and mission emanates from a deep conviction of His Father’s abiding love. His intimate relationship with His Father empowered Him to pass it on to others. His life is the truest example of love lived out to the fullest. He was so consumed by the fire of God’s love that it sustained Him even in His darkest hours. This love is the same love that Jesus is offering to each one of us, His followers. He is asking us to remain in His love so that our joy may be complete. Jesus’ love and friendship with us are rooted in the fact that “He chose us, we did not choose Him.” His love for us is far greater than our love for Him. He is the lover and we are all His beloved.
I wonder how our lives would change if we truly believe in God’s unconditional and merciful love for us. Jesus invites us to share His joy. He gives us all we need to be completely happy – our life, our faith, our vocation, our family, our work and many others. Isn’t it strange that most of the time we tend to choose passing things that will not provide us with lasting joy instead of being faithful followers of Jesus? May Jesus help us to leave these passing things behind for us to recognize His loving hand gently guiding us toward goodness and true happiness.
The Gospel Today
“Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
just as you gave him authority over all people,
so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life,
that they should know you, the only true God,
and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
Now glorify me, Father, with you,
with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
and everything of yours is mine,
and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world,
but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”