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.
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.
April 12, 2020- Easter Sunday
Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10
“....for He has been raised.....”
Jesus lives! The Resurrection is the focal point of our Catholic faith. He triumphed over death, and suffering; giving us hope in our quest to overcome too our suffering here on earth.
He is alive! Our hearts rejoice, sharing in this same triumph, over our own emptiness. We now have a purpose, our lives have been given the Light, and the Path.
We are one with Mama Mary in rejoicing, together with the Apostles. Let us now be the Light, the Path, and the Joy for others. It is the joy that emanates from our inner most being, able to face trials again and again, because we know we can overcome with Christ in our hearts.
During this crisis enveloping the world, let us be more resolute in our devotion to Jesus and Mary, and promise never to be separated from them. Amen.
April 11, 2020 – Black Saturday
Reading: Hosea 6:1-2
“.....in their affliction, they shall look for Me.”
On this quiet day, let us take the time to reflect on how Christ’s suffering becomes one with us.
Let us relive the week and how it relates to our own suffering: the hurt in betrayal and anticipation of His arrest, perspiration with beads of blood, being flogged, a crown of thorns pushed down His head, Mama Mary’s tears of sorrow, His arms being pound with those giant nails.
Don’t we see? He suffered for us, for our sins, for our apathy and indifference, making Mama Mary cry her heart out.
Let us find this time to ponder on how we can make it up to Him, and to our Mother. Let us be reminded that we need them both in order to recover from the turmoil, the hurt and a renewed life through His Resurrection.
April 10, 2020 – Good Friday
Gospel: John 18:1-19: 42
“It is accomplished.”
With these words, Jesus has fulfilled His purpose on earth, what God the Father has sent Him down for, through His ultimate sacrifice. He became Man in order to save us, to redeem our lives, which could be an otherwise sinful existence which could end tragically.
Through His example, we learn that life is not all about comfort, materialism, nor easy ways to living but about patience and perseverance. It’s about quiet dignity in times of suffering, always turning to prayer during difficult moments, being humble when we are humiliated or in our downfall.
Lord, help us to have the strength and humility to endure these difficult moments, if it is Your will; for us to grow in character, grow in deeper faith, and in love for all.