March 13, 2013

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Jn 5: 17-30

Jesus answered the Jews:
“My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.”
For this reason they tried all the more to kill him,
because he not only broke the sabbath
but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.

Jesus answered and said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own,
but only what he sees the Father doing;
for what he does, the Son will do also.
For the Father loves the Son
and shows him everything that he himself does,
and he will show him greater works than these,
so that you may be amazed.
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life,
so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.
Nor does the Father judge anyone,
but he has given all judgment to the Son,
so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.
Whoever does not honor the Son
does not honor the Father who sent him.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word
and believes in the one who sent me
has eternal life and will not come to condemnation,
but has passed from death to life.
Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and those who hear will live.
For just as the Father has life in himself,
so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself.
And he gave him power to exercise judgment,
because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be amazed at this,
because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs
will hear his voice and will come out,
those who have done good deeds
to the resurrection of life,
but those who have done wicked deeds
to the resurrection of condemnation.

“I cannot do anything on my own;
I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just,
because I do not seek my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.”

Reflection (Sem. Jonathan T. Cigaral)

“I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”

The decision to enter the seminary is the biggest decision that I made in my life.  Not only because I walked out on a career which I worked so hard for many years, but more so I left my family behind whom I loved so much.  The night that I finally decided to tell my parents about my plans of entering the seminary, the only prayer that I had in my mind and in my heart was “Lord, thy will be done.”  I was so terrified because I was totally clueless on what will happen after.  Will they allow me?  Or will they resent me for my decision?  It was a discussion filled with so much emotion especially for my mom.  And it caused me so much pain to see my mom cry and hear my father’s disappointments.  Immediately after talking to them, I went to the adoration chapel in our Cathedral where I poured out my emotions to God.  In prayer I expressed the pain and sadness that engulfed me during that time.  I talked to Him and asked him so many questions because the sadness was giving me so many doubts in the decision that I just made.  Eventually I allowed God to make his own judgment.  I just stayed in the chapel in total silence.  The last part of my prayer was I surrendered everything to Him.  The decision that I made was based on complete trust and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ.

The gospel for today is a reminder that as children of God, our decisions should always be in accordance to His will and not our own.  We should always allow our Father in heaven to take the lead in our life and we will never go wrong.  Our heart should always be united with Him.  Lastly, we should only seek and desire what is pleasing to Jesus, our Lord.

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