September 14, 2016
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
REFLECTION (Sem. Lloyd Anthony G. Pagulayan)
“He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not, He loves me!” – my sister exclaimed. Often I would tease whenever I catch her playing this game. She’d excitedly pick a flower and one by one would pluck out its petals and she would giggle hoping that the last petal would fall on the positive…He loves me!
As for me and my God, no need of this game. Indeed, there is ultimate certainty that God loves me. It was His plan and His choice to create me in His likeness, send His Son to live with me both as God and man and He even willed that His beloved Jesus die for mankind to save me from my sins. Imagine that immense and unconditional love that God has blessed me with! Such a privilege this must be! Unfathomable! I could not repay Him. I could not match it. But hopefully, I can share it in my own little way.
In times when I am in doubt of what is happening in my life, whenever I would pose questions on why God is allowing me to suffer and in each circumstance when it seems like things are becoming hopeless, I just need to be reminded of God’s covenant with me… that He loves me and His Son Jesus will never ever leave me.
The visit to the Philippines of then Pope John Paul II in 1995 popularised the song “Tell the World of His Love”. Who would ever forget its powerful lyrics… “For God so loved the world , He gave us His only Son, Jesus Christ our Saviour, His Most Precious One”
May God’s love that this holy man, now Saint John Paul II shared with us during the World Youth Day be a constant reminder of how much love God has reserved and poured on us. May we live always in His warm embrace because He truly loves us. In all these, may God be praised.