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 31, 2020 – Sunday
Gospel: John 20:19-23
Receive the Holy Spirit.
Today is Pentecost Sunday. The Holy Spirit which Jesus promised to his disciples has finally come. It descended and filled everyone with a strong power and zeal for the Gospel.
Let us warmly and joyfully receive the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Welcome it with curiosity and conviction so that we may also preach the Good News with strength and power to those who need it. Especially in this time that many people are lost, suffering and down, may the Holy Spirit be their stronghold in this battle of virus and lockdown.
Mother Mary, direct our steps to the Holy Spirit in our daily endeavors to be our guide, teacher, and counselor.
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.