May 11, 2016

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

John 17:11-19

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying:
“Holy Father, keep them in your name
that you have given me,
so that they may be one just as we are one.
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,
and I guarded them, and none of them was lost
except the son of destruction,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you.
I speak this in the world
so that they may share my joy completely.
I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them from the Evil One.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth.
Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them,
so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

Reflection (Sem. Dondon O. Dimaano)



Last March 19, two of our brothers in the community were ordained deacons and during the evening, we had our traditional “Habilin Night.” There was a part of the program where we gave tribute to them and remembered their seminary days. But there was also a sacred moment of silence where each one gave his message to both deacons, a short but privileged time just for a member of the community and the deacon. That was when we expressed our gratitude, words of encouragement and well wishes. Of course, there were tears!

It is a “Habilin Night” because it is the time to give our final commendation to them as brothers in the seminary through words of thanks and expressions of love which they can bring with them to be cherished as they commence their new lives as ordained deacons.
In His love and compassion toward us, our Lord Jesus before He was betrayed prayed and entrusted us to the Father’s care. It was His “Habilin Night” that, in His absence, may we never be abandoned. About to be crucified, with Him still was His concern for our salvation, consecrating us to the Father’s mercy.

Is it not assuring that we have a God so concerned for us and desires for our unity with Him? It was a selfless act of Him not to think of His impending suffering but to think of us and commend us to the tenderness of the Father. He is a God who gathers us to give us “habilin,” to remind us that apart from Him, we can never be united; we will never be one.

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