It is indeed difficult when one stands for the truth. This is what happened to Jesus when people were trying to pin him down because of the accusation that he was desecrating the holiness of God. But Jesus was on the side of truth and truth will always be truth. Hence, Jesus was confident in facing them and in even engaging a conversation with them despite the intense situation. Who can ever be afraid if one knows what he stands for and to whom he belongs? Jesus knows his identity, that is why he said that the Father is in him and that he is in the Father.
My second year of being a priest-in-process taught me a lot of things especially in dealing with my brothers in the community. Fraternal correction is being emphasized in our formation as this will prepare us in our future ministry when we deal with our brother-priests and even with our parishioners. To me, fraternal correction is one way of being compassionate to the people whom we value. However, others would not see it this way and this is one thing that one should be able to accept. A very important lesson that I realized is that in this ministry (and perhaps even in other ministries), there will always be people who will disagree with me, and so comes the real challenge—-to learn how to love and accept people despite their opposition. After all, like Jesus, if we know where we stand, and if it is for the truth, then we will not be threatened and there is no reason for us to see them as enemies. Instead, we will see them as our brothers and sisters who need more of our love and compassion.
By Sem. Ryan Digan
THE GOSPEL TODAY
The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
The Jews answered him,
“We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy.
You, a man, are making yourself God.”
Jesus answered them,
“Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘?
If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came,
and Scripture cannot be set aside,
can you say that the one
whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world
blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Then they tried again to arrest him;
but he escaped from their power.
He went back across the Jordan
to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.
Many came to him and said,
“John performed no sign,
but everything John said about this man was true.”
And many there began to believe in him.