March 20, 2013

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Jn 8: 31-42

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.”

Reflection (Sem. Tommy Lira)

Regardless on how many times you’ve been told that you’re free but if you don’t do something about it then there’s a high probability that you will treat others the same way you were treated. Unhappily, hurting people end up hurting other people. We heard a lot of people having problems with alcohol, a kind of addiction and some having unexplained fears that sometimes burst into panic attack, some maybe related to sexual or physical abuse that until now the feelings of brokenness, unforgiveness and frustrations seem to overwhelm the person. The question perhaps one may ask himself or herself is how I will be able to break those defenses that are keeping me in bondage?

There’s always a reason why a person becomes alcoholic, abusive and perhaps a criminal. It may not even be somebody’s fault but it is important that we recognize these issues and start making no excuses why should we not deal with it candidly. We need to be more determined to put to stop and decide for the better, to break free from sin.

We have to understand that making a decision is an important factor to get through with obstacles in life. Once you decide for a change, it takes responsibility to carry your actions to set a new standard, to overturn the wrong practice and embrace the standard of Jesus. Only then can we see God’s blessings and abundance if we decide to rise up and show the world that we are not followers of losers but conquerors of the world. Jesus first conquered the world.

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