May 7, 2013

The Gospel Today

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Jn 16: 5-11

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world
in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father
and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

Reflection (Sem. Alfredo O. Dimaano, Jr.)

To be away from someone important to me brings a certain sadness. I belong to a family of OFWs. My siblings and my father are both abroad. There was a time too when my mother had to stay with them for one year and I was left with just myself during that time. The thought of them going home sometimes makes me anticipate for happy moments of meeting them again in the future.

As Jesus’ Ascension draws near, he sensed that the disciples were filled with grief, and maybe, even fear. They must had felt the same loneliness that I feel whenever someone in our family would move away. But knowing Jesus, He will never leave us just like that.

As he promised, He would send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate so He continues to be present even if He is away. The Holy Spirit brings with Him a dozen graces and fruits such as Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-Control, and Chastity.

Knowing how fragile and weak we are, Jesus did not abandon us when He went to the the Father. He sent the Paraclete, our Advocate. With His limitless love for us, He cannot afford to just leave us astray. And just like a “balikbayan”, we all look forward to meeting Him again when He appears in full glory. Until that time comes, we rest in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

In times of confusion, let us call the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom. When doubts come, pray to the Holy Spirit for perseverance and increase in faith. When we are in distress, seek the Holy Spirit to lead us to the right path. We pray: “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your Divine Love.”

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