May 20, 2017
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter
The Gospel Today
Jn 15: 18-21
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
‘No slave is greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me.”
Reflection (Sem. Mark Ian V. Abu)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is remindingthose who are true witnesses of His words, which is His followers, of the persecutions they have to endure. It is very clear to Jesus that following the will of the Father is the most important thing to do. That obedience brought Him to suffer and die on the cross. He knows very well that He was sent to the world in order to fulfill the will of His Father in heaven and it is through this will that we are striving to be faithful disciples of Jesus.
The whole life of Jesus here on earth was a faithful witnessing to that love that He shares with His Father and which emanates through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This love is what Jesus offers when he calls us to be His followers. A love that is ready to witness to the truth by the way we listen and act on the Word of God. A love that is willing to suffer and endure persecutions for the good of others. Our modern world offers many things that would distract us from being faithful witnesses of this great love. People nowadays focus their attention to what will give personal satisfactions. We are becoming engrossed with the lifestyle that answers only our personal longings and ambitions. Moreover, we are normally preoccupied by the things that will make us rich and popular. But these are not the characteristics of being a witness of the Word. The Gospel reminds us that, as followers of Christ, we should be persons of integrity and strive not to have dichotomy in us. We should be faithful to Jesus until the end despite the persecutions we will encounter. Furthermore, we must proclaim Jesus as Lord and obey the will of the Father.
Let us pray to God that as followers of His Son we may be strong and be able to suffer like Jesus until we see Him face to face in His Kingdom.