April 22, 2016

The Gospel Today

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 14:1-6

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, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Reflection (Sem. Jasper Bautista)

4.22

The Gospel for today led me to reflect on how Jesus revealed Himself as the “Way, Truth, and Life”. He expressed this in His ministry by teaching us the way to the loving arms of our merciful Father and that He suffered, died and resurrected for us to be saved and redeemed. Most importantly, Jesus taught us how to love…to love God and or neighbor. He also taught us how to forgive.

At the peak of my success in the corporate world, I could say that I was wayward. Then within a decade, all the wealth and prestige that I have earned were all taken away from me. It made me so desolate. The only things I held on to were my prayers of suffering, tears and contrition asking God for forgiveness that I sought only comfort and fame, that I discarded God in my life when I was at my prime and set aside the grace of His call.

In my prayer and discernment, I realized that it was God’s way of making me experience meekness. I was already lost and needed to turn back to Him. Jesus showed me that way and every day I felt my relationship with Him slowly grew. I also recognized that the will of God is uncovered if we discern with Him or that we value our relationship with Him: father-child, mother-child, and our friendship with Him. This means that we are intimately attached to God; thus, makes us know, through the Holy Spirit, His Holy Will and ways.

Today, I can attest that I am a living manifestation of God’s mercy, love and guidance. I have changed my ways and returned to Him. I followed His call that I once hid and entered the seminary. Jesus is the real and true way to life.

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