May 13, 2017
Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to Jesus,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Herwyn T. Bulaun)
Nowadays, many people are preoccupied with Insurance. Different kinds of insurance such as property insurance, life and hospitalization insurance, travel insurance and many more packages of insurance in order to be assured in life. We want to protect our future from any eventualities. This insurance or security, which I will term it, is very hard for us to give-up or let go. Sometimes we can compromise for a higher means of security. However, the Gospel narrative for today is the greatest security or insurance that we need in life. From Jesus’ mouth, He proclaims that the Father dwells in him and that He dwells in the Father. Therefore, we can say that we can see the Father and we live. And through Jesus Christ everything we ask in His name, our Heavenly Father will do it because of Jesus’ love.
In all insurance schemes we cannot get this for free. We have to pay for assurance that we want. The stronger the assurance the higher that one needs to pay. However, despite the cost of this insurance there will be no assurance that when one needs this insurance they still exist. We have seen how many parents who have invested their whole livelihood to pay for the future education of their children have ended up in their tears because the Company provider has declared bankruptcy. The assurance that Jesus offers us will also cost us something, although not material resources but believing whole heartedly in Him. Trusting that the future is safe because God is in control and whatever happens He will provide for us; because this is Jesus’ proclamation “Everything you will ask in my name, my Heavenly Father will give you.” Why trust your future to something that is temporary rather than Trust in Jesus who is our eternal life.
When I entered the seminary my perception of security was changed. When I was still working, security was based on what I could contribute to the company and how I could be an asset to the “bosses”. So I must always be on guard of the operation of the company as well I needed to update myself on new developments in the industry where I belonged. My seminary experience let me realize that true security happens when we let the hand of God hold the future.