The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Jesus said to the Jews:
“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
But there is another who testifies on my behalf,
and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept human testimony,
but I say this so that you may be saved.
He was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s.
The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.
Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf.
But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
and you do not have his word remaining in you,
because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
You search the Scriptures,
because you think you have eternal life through them;
even they testify on my behalf.
But you do not want to come to me to have life.
“I do not accept human praise;
moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
I came in the name of my Father,
but you do not accept me;
yet if another comes in his own name,
you will accept him.
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
the one who will accuse you is Moses,
in whom you have placed your hope.
For if you had believed Moses,
you would have believed me,
because he wrote about me.
But if you do not believe his writings,
how will you believe my words?”
Reflection (Sem Mark Joseph G. Verdadero)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus wants us to trust in Him wholeheartedly. He invites us to believe in Him in whatever circumstances we are facing in our lives. As He said, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say.” Jesus is asking us to be dependent on Him in whatever we do, by trusting the people He uses to proclaim His word.
When I was working in Riyadh, I became an active member of the community of the Singles for Christ. When I was a new member, I was tapped one day to perform as a back-up singer for the SFC Saudi National Conference. At first, they called me up to inform me that God was calling me to sing there in that conference. But during our first rehearsal for the band called Exodus Band, I was surprised that I was chosen to be the lead vocalist.
I became nervous and I also doubted myself if I could give justice to the songs in the repertoire. I asked why they chose me. I planned to back out, because I did not believe what our musical director told me.
But then, I accepted the challenge with confidence and conviction. From that moment on, I gave myself completely to the process, believing that God had a plan for me. With that trust, I started my personal relationship with Him.
I am now praising and worshiping God with an open heart without hesitation and doubt.