May 3, 2016

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

Reflection (Sem. Arnel Calata, Jr.)

5.03

“Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” (Jn 14:13-14) In the Scripture, whatever is repeatedly said, especially in the Gospel and the teachings of Jesus, denotes an important message that the Lord is trying to stress out. In today’s Gospel, Jesus addresses Philip that whatever it is that is asked or prayed in His name, He will do it. This underlines the truth behind the faith of each one of us. It is as if Jesus is telling the same address to the whole Church that elicits a response of faith.

In the person of St. Philip, the Apostle, we mirror ourselves and find the same attitude towards our faith in Jesus. “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.” Sometimes we ask too much signs especially when we pray for something to happen. We ask signs from God when we want to confirm that our prayers are answered. But most of the time, we are too engrossed with finding the signs that we neglect simple manifestations of answered prayers. Your mother or your father asking a little portion of your time to have a conversation, a friend sharing to you his or her disappointments and hurdles in life, a classmate seeking help, or a stranger asking food from you – these are some examples of simple manifestations or revelations of God in our daily life. Sadly, because we focus too much in grandiose manifestations or magnificent events, we tend to become insensitive to these small events.

Today, we are called to be a manifestation of God’s presence through recognizing His works and blessings in our lives. It can only come to fruition if we try to go back to our daily experiences and consider them as an encounter with Jesus. If only we have faith that Jesus truly answers all our prayers, we will be able to encounter Him even in the minute details of everyday life. We can truly say that we can find God in all things.

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