May 18, 2013

The Gospel Today

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Jn 21: 20-25

Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved,
the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper
and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?”
When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?
You follow me.”
So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die.
But Jesus had not told him that he would not die,
just “What if I want him to remain until I come?
What concern is it of yours?”

It is this disciple who testifies to these things
and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.
There are also many other things that Jesus did,
but if these were to be described individually,
I do not think the whole world would contain the books
that would be written.

Reflection (Sem. Danichi B. Hui)

As a seminarian we are encouraged to have our personal journal, where we could write and express everything that happened to us throughout our formation. It is not only to document the significant events that happened to us but also to have something to reflect and recollect on.

Being in the seminary for three years, I was able to maintain two kinds of journals, one for my formation as a seminarian and the other as something more personal from which my daily experiences and other important events happened to me were written. Every time that I get to encounter God I could not help but document it, however because God’s love and actions were too great to discuss and describe I always feel short of words. Whenever I recall and read again what I have written in the past, I would always feel that there was something different. Although I could remember what exactly happened but because of the way I wrote it somehow it did not really picture or perceived the exact event happened. Just like what the Gospel says today, “…there are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.” God is beyond our comprehension and even beyond the words. His greatness is above any other person’s ability, and so because He is God we could not but just feel Him. Though He does not manifest to us physically, His presence is still being felt even clearer than our eyes could see and louder than our ears could hear.

God works mysteriously, but His works do not become a mystery to us when we believe and establish relationship with Him. We may not fully articulate how God worked in us, but our encounter with Him leaves us clarity. Our experience of Him is special, that it can only be understood by our own selves.

Our pen might leave a sensible mark of whatever accounts we imprint and we may recollect everything through it, but our experience becomes more alive when we keep it in our hearts, for it is through our hearts that we could truly relive memories.

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