May 18, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Fifth Sunday of Easter

John 14:1-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, AI am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.”

Reflection (Sem. Daniel Voltaire Hui):

     “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father”. “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me”. These are the very words of Jesus Christ that prove that He and His Father are one and the same. It is easy to understand these statements if we are looking at their relationship, that Jesus is the Son of the Father. However, in an analogy of personhood, an advanced leap must be made in order to fully see and understand its real context.

     In human understanding our affiliation to our biological father does not mean the same personhood, because the father (parent) is different from the son (child). Though the features of the son comes from the parents still the son cannot be the father. This is because they are separated according to their distinction. But in the case of Jesus it is different. His personhood is the human personhood of the Father. His substance is one and the same with the Father. They are one and the same, consubstantial with one another. They are not separated to each other although distinct. This is the mystery of God, the comprehension of human is limited because God is beyond anyone, but He made Himself known to us by sending Jesus to personify Himself in order for us to have a knowledge of Him because He desires to be in communion with us and this is what our faith tells us.

     It is good to know this aspect of our faith because this is where we see the goodness and humility of our Lord. That we are more important than greatness and distinction. That though He is a God, He reached out to us by taking a human form complete with the consequences of sin (death, sufferings, etc.) though He did not sin. But this is sometimes in contrary to us, because we regard more on greatness and distinction. This is why we are grappling for entitlement, popularity, power and honor because we base our personhood on these matters rather than what is true and good. We are not born with these things within us but more than these utilitarian ideologies we are inherent with qualities that are of God. Qualities that are not made by man but given by God. We are by nature good, beautiful and great. We just need to nurture it by aligning ourselves to Jesus who is the perfect model of God’s qualities. God sent Jesus in order for Him to be humanized that we may be divinized.

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