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.
March 31, 2020 - Tuesday
Gospel: JN 8:21-30
The one who sent me is truthful
How has been your Lenten journey? Are we like the Jews in the gospel? Stuck in our sins and disbelief in our current destination? Especially in this uncertain time, we can fall into great fear and disbelief in what is happening to our world.
However, Jesus is assured that the Father is with him in His journey to the cross. “The one who sent me is truthful and everything I learned from him”. Jesus continues to show us the way to the Father. Do you trust God’s words in this time?
Mother Mary, give us the grace to have the same full trust in God just as Jesus did. Amen.
March 30, 2020 -Monday
Gospel: JN 8:1-11
Jesus bent down
As we enter the 5th week of Lent, we are invited to reflect on the story of an adulterous woman presented to Jesus. The Pharisees did this to put Jesus to test. However, Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground twice.
In this time of crisis, many things are challenging our faith with the Lord. Jesus is inviting us to bend down and pray like what he did with the woman. How can we pray? Look closer into our hearts and discover the goodness within the people and the situation we are in right now.
Mother Mary, accompany us during this time to grow more closer to Jesus and God the Father as we continue our Lenten journey in this difficult time. Amen.
March 29, 2020 Sunday
Gospel: John 11:1-45
"Forgive my little faith." ("Lazarus" by Corrinne May)
There were times when we feel that it was dead-end for us but there was Jesus who always reminds us that there is still life and hope for us.
Today's Gospel narrates to us how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. But before He did it, there was Martha who cried out to Jesus expressing her sorrow on the loss of her brother. With this, Jesus reassured her that He is the resurrection and the life.
Sometimes we are like Martha who display lapses of faith. But Jesus will never leave us. He gives us hope when we experience despair, he gives us life in times when we are spiritless.
Let us ask Mother Mary to help us strengthen our faith in times when we need Jesus to be our aide and guide.
March 28, 2020 Saturday
Gospel: John 7:40-53
"The crowd was divided over Him." (cf. John 7:43)
In our present time, the enemies of the truth devise delicate ways to divide the people through feeding them with abundant information that are not true - trolling with fake news.
The same picture could be seen in today's Gospel with the people being divided in their beliefs about Jesus - it was confusion to the highest order. But one man stood out, and it was Nicodemus who spoke among the officers of the temple to know the truth first.
May we be like Nicodemus who have the courage to influence others into knowing the truth first before believing and sharing the information that we receive.
Let us be vigilant with things that we share to other people.
March 27, 2020 Friday
Gospel: John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
"I was sent by the One who is true." (cf. John 7:28)
Today, Jesus loudly announced the truth to the people - that He was sent by the One who is true. Though He knew that this might provoke the people into killing Him, He stood courageous in expressing the truth.
In these days when various information could be easily shared and believed, some people are taking the opportunity to fool the innocent through their act of "trolling".
May we be not like the people in today's Gospel - only believing with hearsays that they receive. Let us have the initiative to know the truth and courage to express it as Jesus did.
March 26, 2020 Thursday
Gospel: John 5:31-47
Witnesses to Jesus
It might be impossible to testify to things that our bare eyes cannot see but it is inevitable for faithful to stand as witnesses as they concretely encounter Jesus in their lives.
In today's Gospel, Jesus expressed His frustration to the Jews with their disbelief to Him. Though they personally encounter the Son of Man in flesh, they still cannot believe the wonders that He had made.
Today, we are invited to hold on to our faith as we encounter Jesus and to stand as witnesses to His presence in our lives.
March 25, 2020 Wednesday
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
In the scene of the Annunciation, Mary has shown her faithfulness to God through her act of acceptance to His will for her - to become the Mother of Jesus.
With a graceful heart, Mary was the first person to believe and express her faith to Christ - the Son of the Most High. And this is also the faith that gave fruition to God's plan of salvation for man.
Today, let us have a moment to be inspired with the example of Mary's faithfulness to God. May we also have the same conviction as we say "Yes" to the will of God to our lives.
March 24, 2020 Tuesday
Gospel: John 5:1-16
"Do you want to be healed?" (cf. John 5:6)
All of us need healing in one way or another. And Jesus is always ready to heal us - He only needs us to believe.
In today's Gospel, a man who has been ill for thirty eight years encountered Jesus and experienced His healing power.
Today we are invited to have this kind of encounter with Jesus. Some of us might be limited at this moment but believe that our prayers offer no limits in encountering Jesus.
Let us ask Mother Mary to draw us closer to Jesus as we yearn to encounter Him more in our lives.
March 23, 2020 Monday
Gospel: John 4:43-54
Have faith in the Word.
In this time of uncertainties, there's still one thing that we could believe - the Word of Jesus that heals and saves.
In today's Gospel, Jesus healed the official's son through His Word and it is also through the faith of the official that his son was healed.
Today, we are called to strengthen our faith in the Word of God. Let us also be still in knowing that God is with us in these time of challenges.
March 22, 2020 - Sunday
“Jesus opens your eyes so that you may see”
Jesus heals the blind man on a sabbath day that made a spectacle to the pharisees. This is a strong message of God not to live our life in a routine but to live more than that. Sabbath day is the day we go to church and attend the mass but Jesus invites us to live our lives more than that. Jesus invites us to be His disciples and follow Him. Like the blind man who was healed and was brought to the pharisees, we are invited to speak about Jesus. We speak, we preach Jesus to the world. It is by the grace of God the He opened our eyes to see the truth. Let us follow Jesus as we speak the truth to the world.
We thank you Lord for the grace of seeing the truth. By your grace we are enlightened and we will not be lost. Please continue to guide us so that we may receive your grace so that we can tell to the world the truth.