The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem.
It was winter.
And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.
So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,
“How long are you going to keep us in suspense?
If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe.
The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.
But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.
My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”
Reflection (Sem. John Paul Adia)
How is my relationship with Jesus? After being in the seminary for three years, I would like to focus my reflection on how I grew in my relationship with God. Being in the seminary does not guarantee an intimate connection with God. I believe that if a person allows times to be in that relationship, he will be able to cultivate and nourish it with the help of God who is always present.
The Gospel today shows two relationships: the relationship of the Jews to Jesus and the relationship of Jesus to the Father. I see its parallelism to friendship. I can trust a friend whom I invested my trust and I know a person deeply if I entrusted myself to him as well. That is why, to me, friends who deeply know each other can understand even the simplest gesture of their companion. Movements become language, and words become symbols. They can both understand because they allowed themselves to be connected.
And so, how is my relationship with Jesus? I believe that everyday is an invitation for me to be connected with Him. That every celebration of the Holy Eucharist and every Eucharistic adoration, drawme to see His presence in my life especially in my seminary formation. But I admit that whenever I am blinded by my fears, anger, worries, struggles, disappointments and other negative thoughts and feelings, I find it hard to recognize His presence. Not that He was away from me but because I was blinded. And this is what had happened to the Jews who followed Jesus. They were blinded spiritually. That is why, even ifJesus is already face to face with them, they were not able to recognize Him and believe.
Jesus is always making Himself present in my life. I just need to see Him with the eyes of faith and courage of the heart. His presence may not be in my most convenient situation but despite that, He remains faithful to me, assuring me of His presence throughout my seminary formation.