In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus said: “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
I was struck by these words of Jesus and it made me remember the time when I started to know Jesus more deeply.
It was on my second year in college when I started knowing Jesus more deeply and loving Him more seriously. Before that point in my life, I could say that I was living a dissipated life. My life was marked with materialism and envy.
I was too materialistic because I wanted to satisfy my hunger for love, attention and happiness through those things. Despite being provided, in some cases, to satisfy my desires, I was still living in discontent and envy. I remained unsatisfied and the happiness brought about by those things just faded quickly. All these trifles wearied me. For so long, I was enslaved by my materialistic desires and envy until I came across Jesus along the way. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Mt 11:28-30.” These words echoed in my soul during the early part of my conversion. At last, I have found someone who can give me the rest and contentment I have been longing for. He made it clearer to me how worldly things are just passing and simply make me restless. I have proven Him right and true–no matter what I do and whatever I pursue, nothing could really satisfy me and make me contented than coming to Him. His words of truth have set me free and are continuously setting me free from my weaknesses and sinfulness.
By Sem. Tristan Pacheco
THE GOSPEL TODAY
Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him,
“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham
and have never been enslaved to anyone.
How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
A slave does not remain in a household forever,
but a son always remains.
So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free.
I know that you are descendants of Abraham.
But you are trying to kill me,
because my word has no room among you.
I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence;
then do what you have heard from the Father.”
They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.”
Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children,
you would be doing the works of Abraham.
But now you are trying to kill me,
a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God;
Abraham did not do this.
You are doing the works of your father!”
So they said to him, “We were not born of fornication.
We have one Father, God.”
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me,
for I came from God and am here;
I did not come on my own, but he sent me.”