May 5, 2016

The Gospel Today

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

John 16: 16-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“A little while and you will no longer see me,
and again a little while later and you will see me.”
So some of his disciples said to one another,
“What does this mean that he is saying to us,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me,’
and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”
So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ of which he speaks?
We do not know what he means.”
Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them,
“Are you discussing with one another what I said,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me’?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”

Reflection (Sem. Herwyn Bulaun)

5.5

After Jesus’ resurrection in today’s Gospel, He is already preparing the disciples for His return to the Father. They will search for Him but they will not see Him but in a while He will be with them. Jesus pronounces two things, his absence and presence. He will leave the apostles. The apostles will experience the different trials in the world because they chose to live a life following Jesus. Although, we can also grasp from the Gospel that Jesus will not be permanently be absent to them. He will be with them always. His presence may be in the way they encounter Jesus. However, I believe Jesus’ presence may be of a different form but of His real presence.

In our life when we want to refresh our experience with someone who is dear to us we will try to recall our memories with him. Whenever I miss a relative who works abroad, I try to recall my joyful memories with him. Sometimes even the sad moments cause me some sort of refreshes in relationship. The process of recalling brings to life again their presence.

Jesus did not leave the disciples. He instituted the Eucharist so that the faithful will experience His real presence.He made it a point that every one who approaches The Eucharist with faith will have an experience of the mercy and love of God.

May be we cannot do the way Jesus makes Himself present to others. However, in the Eucharist we receive Jesus and He enters in every strand of our flesh. May this opportunity transform our weaknesses and in our ordinary way be the presence of God to others especially to those in the peripheries.

 

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