May 5, 2013

The Gospel Today

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Jn 14: 23-29

Jesus said to his disciples:
“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,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
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.”

Reflection (Sem. Jason J. Villafuerte)

Today is the sixth Sunday of Easter. The Gospel describes that Jesus is already making his will to his disciples. Sooner, he would be gone to a place where the disciples cannot go as of that moment. The question I am asking is: “Why Jesus has to leave? Is it not that he already is already alive again?”

Jesus has to leave because he has to prepare a room for his disciples in heaven. He saved all men and he wants them to be with him and the Father forever when the time comes. However, being on the foot of the disciples, I think it was really hard for them that after witnessing how Jesus suffered, died, and rose again into a glorious life, then he has to leave. Sadness must be in the air that moment. Nonetheless, Jesus consoled the disciples by saying that they would never be alone, that he would still be with them. How? Through the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit comes from the communion of the Father and Son, Jesus. They will send the Holy Spirit to guide the disciples and to strengthen them amidst all trials. He will remind the disciples about the teachings Christ has told them while he is with them.

However, Jesus again reiterated his will: “Whoever loves me will keep my word.” Admittedly, this is easier said than done. In our world today, we can easily hear many other words aside from the word of Jesus. Sadly, in most cases, we would even want to follow other words than the words of Jesus. Maybe because the words of Jesus are hard to follow, and we rather choose words that are easy to follow because of our own preferences. In such occasions, then we lose track of the word of Jesus. This is the time when we stumble in our life. Difficulties come and we are not sure anymore which word to trust. There are times that we ourselves have too many words to say. We talk much but we listen less, hence we miss the word of Christ telling us which way to go, what is to choose to have a happy and fulfilled life.

As the Easter season draws to its end, may we be reminded that Jesus did not leave us. Oftentimes, it is us who leaves Jesus and his word. Let us make way to listen to him, so that we may find the peace he has given us, and is continuing to bestow on us.

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