The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”
Reflection (Sem. Eric Yabut)
Today’s Gospel revealed the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus challenged us to proclaim our faith after He ascended into heaven. In proclaiming His wonderful deeds, He sent us the power we needed to be courageous enough to be the real witness of His goodness. It was His invitation for us to proclaim God’s good works and deeds with the help of the Holy Spirit and He gave us assurance that we were not alone in the journey; He was still with us. Proclaiming about God would not be easy if you did not have a well-established faith in Him.
Before I entered the seminary, I was invited to share my experience in a Charismatic lay community, which catered to single young professionals. The invitation led me to reflect for a moment and pray. I asked the Holy Spirit to help me deliver the sharing very well and to have an idea on how I might deliver the sharing. The promises of Christ never failed me; I was able to use exact and proper words for the sharing. With that experience, I was able to proclaim God’s goodness. I even proclaimed to the delegates that I would enter the seminary and I would be God’s instrument in proclaiming His goodness and love to us. Giving everything to Him and obeying His will meant I had entrust His will to manifest in my life. Truly enough He never let me down in this journey.His presence was always here with me. It was the same promise to the prophet Jeremiah, “For I know my plans for you says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you future of hope.”
The Gospel invites us to trust in God. To entrust everything to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.