April 30, 2013

The Gospel for Today

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Jn. 14: 27-31

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you,
for the ruler of the world is coming.
He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”

Reflection (Sem. Nelson Maningas)

I was once asked by my friend on one home weekend: “Are you happy in the seminary?” Then I answered “yes”. I am happy not like how I looked at happiness before, which was that I could only be happy when things were okay and everything was going smooth and easy; but it was a happiness even in the midst of scarcity and pain for I knew I was serving my real purpose, which was to know God and to make Him known through my service to the Church? With this I find “peace”. It is the peace that goes beyond any feeling of security for it is the one that comes from God alone. This is the kind that the Gospel speaks about, the peace that the world cannot give but only by God. It is a kind of peace that can be experienced even in the midst of noise and distraction of the world. This time of Easter we are invited to seek the peace in the Risen Lord who conquered death for us to have eternal life. He has died on the cross so that we can attain peace again, peace that is lost because of sins that we have committed. Let us be reconciled to God and find the peace we’ve been longing for; for no matter if we have achieved all the wealth of this earth if we have no peace coming from the Lord, we can never be truly happy and contented. Let us ask ourselves: “What do I have that can give me the peace that I am longing for? What else can I do to have that peace?”

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