May 1, 2013

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

John 15: 1-8

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

Reflection (Sem. Louiemar C. Melgar)

One the reasons why the people in our village or place of origin make judgements of us or they do not believe in us, is because they have a first-hand experience of ourselves or of who we are. Of course they know perhaps everything that they see from the outside of the self, like the physical appearance, the traits, the vices, etc. It is equal to say that if your father is an alcoholic then it follows that you are also an alcoholic. And it is also true with those noble families of lawyers or physicians for instance. If their parents are lawyers and physicians they are also like them. However, it is not always the case. We cannot make any judgement by stereotyping or generalizing.

In Jesus’ time, a son carried not just his father’s name but also his father’s trade.  So, it is tantamount to say that the people in the time of Jesus would expect that He would be like His father a carpenter. Yes, Jesus once became a carpenter in His early age but He did not remain just as a carpenter. Indeed, Jesus became a teacher and preacher, He taught the people in their synagogue. And this was the reason the people, His own villagers, did not believe him and made a critique on Him. How come a carpenter became a teacher? What goodness or wisdom could He contribute to the synagogue out of His craftsmanship?

However, while Jesus is being criticized by His own villagers, He remains proactive and not reactive to the situation. I believe Jesus has a trait that He has acquired from His father Joseph being calm and composed. Joseph, is a silent worker, peaceful, and tranquil, humble, and dedicated.

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