Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.
May 30, 2020 – Saturday
Gospel: John 21: 20-25
Keep following me!
As his disciples, Jesus’ message for us is clear and direct, “Keep following me!”. Yes, we may follow him, but he invites us to continue treading the path. To follow him despite the things happening around us: the crisis, the challenges, the conflicts, and the unending concerns. Jesus wants us to remain in His presence and follow Him even if he no longer is with us once he goes to the Father. He knows it will not be an easy path, but we need to keep our gaze upon him.
Mother Mary, help us to be faithful followers of Jesus way of loving. Amen.
May 29, 2020 – Friday
Gospel: John 21:15-19
Do you love me? Feed my sheep.
Jesus asks Simon Peter thrice, “Do you love me?” and after each “Yes” response is a call of “Feed my sheep.” Jesus presents us the same question and same call. Who are the sheep in our life? Jesus want us to concretize our response to Him by taking care and feeding the people He entrusted to us.
Mother Mary, help us to respond to your call of feeding the sheep entrusted in our care. Amen.
May 28, 2020 – Thursday
Gospel: John 17:20-26
May they all be one as we are one
Jesus shares to the Father how he envisions people to be more united, same with how he is with His own Father. Even if we cannot go to the church to hear the mass, receive the sacraments, and continue with our activities, Jesus invites us to be more united than ever with our community of faith. If we are to do it faithfully, Jesus and the Father’s presence will always be there guiding us and inspiring us to persevere more in our personal journey with them.
Mother Mary, accompany your people to stay close to your son, Jesus in this time of pandemic. Amen.
April 26, 2020 Sunday
Gospel: Lk 24:13-35
Third Sunday of Easter
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight
Today, we continue contemplating on the Good News of The Walk to Emmaus. In the full account of the Gospel, we can notice that when the disciples finally recognized that it was Jesus, it is when He disappeared from their sight.
Probably because they have seen using their hearts, the sight using their eyes were no longer necessary. In the same way, we are invited to continue seeking Jesus' face using our own hearts, not merely using our eyes in the different situations we are living.
Mother Mary, pray for us so we will never lose the face of Jesus in our hearts.
April 25, 2020 Saturday
Gospel: Mk 16:15-20
Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist
Go throughout the world and preach the gospel to all people
Today's gospel accounts that as Jesus was taken up to heaven and sat at the right hand of God, the disciples went and preached everywhere, just as Jesus has commanded.
But they were not alone, for the Lord worked with them and proved that their preaching was true by the miracles they performed.
Mother Mary, continue to pray for us so we too will continue following Jesus and allow Him to work with us throughout our journey – no matter how hard His teachings may be.
April 24, 2020 Friday
Gospel: Jn 6:1-15
Memorial of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr
"Where can we buy enough food to feed all these people?"
In our present reality where we can be left anxious thinking about our daily sustenance, the gospel reminds us that even before we worry about our own needs, Jesus is the one to think about them first.
May we be able to remain faithful that just like what He did in today's gospel, He'll also be able to multiply the little that we have and in turn feed even more than five thousand. The call is TRUST.
Mother Mary, may you continue to pray for us so we'll keep the faith even during times of trouble and crisis.
April 23, 2020 Thursday
Gospel: Jn 3:31-36
Memorial of Saint George, Martyr
He who comes from Heaven is above all
Our Lord Jesus Christ has proved that He is far greater than death. And today, He reminds you in the Gospel that He is far stronger than every struggle you have today -- the worries about the pandemic, loved ones, society, government.
If He was able to defeat death, He can surely defeat all of your worries too. Because the truth is, He is above all.
Mother Mary, pray for us so that we will always be reminded how great the Lord is, and how even greater His love is for all of us.
April 22, 2020 Wednesday
Gospel: Jn 3:16-21
For God did not send His son into the world to be its judge, but to be its Savior
After the experience of Easter, many of us turn away from the Light of God because we think we deserve to remain in the dark with fear of being judged. But today, The Good News tells us that The Son of God came into this world not for those in the dark to be judged, but to be saved.
Because that's how much God loves you and me.
Mother Mary, continue to teach us how to fully embrace this love of God so we'll be willing to accept the Light in our lives.
April 21, 2020 Tuesday
Gospel: Jn 3:7B-15
Memorial of Saint Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
"You do not believe Me when I tell you about the things of this world; how will you ever believe Me, then, when I tell you about things in Heaven?"
The dialogue of Nicodemus and Jesus continues in today's Gospel. And in this account, we can notice Jesus saying "I am telling you the truth." as He try to explain and answer further the questions of Nicodemus.
How many times did Jesus try to reiterate to His students that what He's saying is the truth?
Just like Nicodemus, we too, at many moments in our lives, have asked for more assurance of the truth. Not realizing, that the Truth Himself is the one proclaiming the Good News to us.
Mother Mary, please continue to pray for us so we will never forget again the Face of The Truth.
April 20, 2020 Monday
Gospel: Jn 3:1-8
"No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of the water and the Spirit"
In the Gospel today, Jesus tells Nicodemus how vital the Holy Spirit is for us to gain eternal life in Heaven. While the First Reading illustrated that because the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, they were able to begin to proclaim God's message with boldness.
How about us? Do we let the Holy Spirit make us proclaim God's message with boldness?
This just helps us understand that we need the Holy Spirit now, and always. In the same way that we can enter the Kingdom of God now in the present time.
Mother Mary, continue to pray for us so we'll continue seeking for the Holy Spirit -- so we can start living our eternal life here on earth now.