April 29, 2013

The Gospel for Today

Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Jn. 14: 21-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
“Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us
and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit
whom the Father will send in my name–
he will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.”

Reflection (Sem. Ramon Jamora, Jr.)

In today’s gospel, Jesus reiterates the greatest commandment; that is to love God with our whole being. Jesus simply puts that to love God is to obey His word which comes from the Father. To obey Him is to know His word. I believe that we are invited to really know Jesus with all our heart, mind, and spirit. We can do this by attending mass daily and listening to God’s word through the liturgy and the homily. But we must not depend too much on others to feed us with the life giving word. God gave us the faculty to think and comprehend. I believe that this gift is to be used to know God for us to be closer to Him and finally to follow His word. If time allows us, perhaps we can get a copy of the daily readings and spend some personal time during the day to read.

Even with our limitations, God still wants us to have a deep relationship with Him through our knowledge of Him. We all know that there are just times that we forget things and could not remember some incidents or thoughts that are very important. But let us not grow weary with this weakness. Jesus promised an Advocate that will help us remember everything and remind us of what He taught.

I believe that if we sincerely know God through His word and follow it, that is the time that we experience the presence of the Holy Spirit. I believe that when we are faced to decide on something and confusion comes in, that is the good time to ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We can never go wrong in praying for the Holy Spirit because the Father promised to send the Advocate to us in the name of Jesus.

As we continue to hold on and to entrust our lives to God, I believe this is one of the promises that we can hope for. We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, Consubstantial with the Father and the Son. Let us all the more ask the Father to send us the Holy Spirit so we may be with Him. Like the apostles who lived with Jesus, we too can experience the loving presence of God through the Holy Spirit.

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