May 22, 2016

The Gospel Today

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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. Justin G. Gatus)
5.22

In the early years of my undergraduate studies, I wondered if it was necessary to take up subjects which seemed to have no connection with my course. Back then, I was not fully aware of the connection of those subjects with my future job! For instance, in our Humanities subject, we took up Japanese language which had no direct relation to accounting. It was later on when I found work that I appreciated the course, because I was hired by a Japanese firm.

Sometimes in our lives, there are events that happen to which there are no apparent reasons. Oftentimes, we ask God why these things happen, especially the unusual, sad and depressing. In our Gospel today, Jesus is explaining to His disciples that there are revelations that we need to learn step by step. There are things and events in life that do not present their meaning and value in an instant. These things and events need to be simmered, reflected upon and savored so that we can appreciate them and eventually discover their meaning. They are progressive revelations in life in which we discover their relevance in our lives and, also, we learn and get to know more about God. He is actively speaking to us in the events of our lives through the Holy Spirit. As Jesus says, “But when he comes, the Spirit of Truth, he will guide you to all truth!”

When we started the seminary formation, there were things, events and concepts that seemed unclear to us. Then, as we went through the formation, we learned the meaning and the value behind those things which were also formative and aided us in our personal growth for our future ministry.

In life, we are presented with lots of surprises and trials. Sometimes, we really want to know their significance but oftentimes they are obscured. What we can do is lift up these questions to God and savor each event as we wait for the Spirit of Truth to unfold their meaning and significance in our lives.

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