May 9, 2016

The Gospel Today

Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

John 16:29-33

The disciples said to Jesus,
“Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything
and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.
But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

Reflection (Sem. Maximilian B. Estayo)

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I have been assessed in the seminary to be a person who operates more rationally than affectively. I have known that all along and I am trying to make a balance to put more heart in my actions. But what has caused me to use my head than my heart more?

It is my bias for common sense, whose non-use has caused so many problems for many people. In my family for instance, I would rebuke my brothers who spend for drinking sprees with their friends because it causes them financial trouble – it seems that this is hard for them to grasp.

But not all can be known at one time. In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ disciples expressed relief that for once they heard Him speak in a language they could clearly understand. And because of this, they finally believed that He came from God.

However, what the disciples did not know was that it was the Holy Spirit working in them. It was the Spirit that opened their minds to the truth about Jesus, as it was the same Spirit that empowered the disciples in Ephesus to prophesy and speak in tongues (cf. Acts 19:1-8).

Until the disciples were able to comprehend many things that Jesus was telling them, He remained calm and patient with them. Everything would be understood at the proper time. In the meantime, Jesus used His heart to withstand their impertinence.

I am encouraged to do the same. It is good to use my mind in everything that I do, but I must understand with my heart. People will be happier working with me, if I show them more compassion and gratitude.

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