April 9, 2016

The Gospel Today

Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

John 6:16-21

When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.

Reflection (Sem. Herwyn Bulaun)

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In today’s Gospel we read that Jesus walks water towards the disciples’ boat while the sea was stirred up, because a strong wind was blowing. That could be likened to a person who encountered a great trouble and all of a sudden a solution comes up to resolve the trouble.

In our life we are always confronted with different problems. These may cause uncertainties and worries. In the news paper, very often, the front page is about some shocking incidents. However, Jesus is coming to us to give us assurance and peace. He is coming to our boat so that whatever happens around us we will endure the situation free from anxiety and worries. Take note that the coming of Jesus into our lives does not meant that we will no longer encounter or experience the different trials in life. The difference is that Jesus will be dwelling in us and will be accompanying us in all our trials. His company lightens our burdens and encourages us to persevere in the midst of the trials.

When I decided to enter the seminary and left behind the comforts of life, I still encountered problems as before. There were still problems in family, like inadequate resources.   I also encountered challenges in terms of my weakness, not only physically, but more so intellectually.I also struggle with my relationships with other people. Many times I was also confronted with many failures and mistakes that brought me much pain and in a seemingly disgraceful situation. However, if my solution before was immediately to find solutions within my circle of influence, now I tried to resolve things based on how I experienced Jesus in my life. I am not saying that I already perfected this but it is a constant prayer that Jesus would always dwell in me.

Maybe the challenge of the Gospel,is for us to allow Jesus to come to our boat and dwell in us.

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