01 June 2017
Memorial of St. Justin, Martyr
The Gospel Today
Jn 17: 20-26
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
“I pray not only for these,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
that the love with which you loved me
may be in them and I in them.”
Reflection (Sem. Lloyd Anthony G. Pagulayan)
I used to live abroad. The countries where I stayed for more than a decade were all melting pots of diverse cultures and religions. Respect and tolerance of one’s faith is highly valued in general. This liberating atmostphere inspired me to be faithful to my faith and continue to observe and practice my religion within bounds.
For instance, in one of the countries where I lived, there are more than fifty vibrant parishes which are frequented by different ethnic denominations. In those churches, we would celebrate the Eucharist and proclaim the Good News of God without any restraint. Likewise, at work, I could proudly display Bible verses on the walls of my office to keep me inspired everyday. Over meals, my colleagues would not mind me making the sign of the cross before and after eating.
Today’s Gospel is an invitation for each of us set the world ablaze for God. Our daily encounters with our own family, colleagues and friends must be turned into little opportunities of proclaiming the majesty of God! “But I know You, and I made known to them Your Name!”. With utmost sensibility to others who do not share our faith, let us never miss an opportunity to spread the Good News of God. Any gesture of kindness to others would speak so much of what it truly means to be Christian; going the extra mile to help a colleague in need would demonstrate the teachings of our faith – serving and loving the least, the last and the lost; or simply exchanging a beautiful smile to a friend might brighten his/her day. Infinite are the ways, in words and actions, to proclaim God’s wonderful name. Pick one and say or do it now. God would be happy to see you give glory to Him.
In all these, may God be praised. AMEN!