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, 2021 Monday
The stone the builders rejected became the cornerstone
Our life is like the vineyard in today’s parable. The Lord has given us this one life to live and to bear much fruit. We tend out vineyards through good times and bad but we dont do it alone. God has sent Jesus to be with us. Do we reject Him though, like the religious leaders did? May we always joyfully welcome the Lord into our vineyard! Lord, thank you for the gift of our lives and the gift of your presence.
May 11, 2021 Tuesday
Gospel: John 16:5–11
“He will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment.” (cf. John 16:8)
Today, Jesus tells His disciples the things that the Spirit of Truth will do as He sends it to them – proving the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment.
People in not knowing the truth may believe that they are always right especially when they experience power and authority. And when they feel that they are being vindicated, they persecute. Persecution is evidence that the truth always finds its way out.
We may ask where God is in the current things that are happening. And these times when we think we are alone are also the times when we would feel most of the presence of the Spirit of Truth.
May we have the conviction that the Spirit of Truth is always here for us to be an advocate in our faithful and truthful endeavors.
May 10, 2021 Monday
Gospel: John 15:26–16:4a
“I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling.” (cf. John 16:1)
Obstacles may be present in our journey of faith yet Jesus assures us today of the presence of Spirit of Truth in our faithful endeavors to help us not stumble.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus warns His disciples of the persecution they would experience in doing His ministry. With this warning, He assured them that the Spirit of Truth will be with them to testify about Him and help them in doing so.
In living and expressing the truth of our faith, we Christians were expected to experience criticisms and persecutions from the people who try to evade and distort it. Let us be assured that the Spirit of Truth is always with us to help and guide us in those times when we think that they are getting the better of us.
May 9,2021 Sunday
Gospel John 15:9-17
“My command to you is to love one another”.
Jesus had taught us many things. This gospel explains one of his commandments, and that is to love one another.
If we are going to follow His commandment, this world will be a better place. We will be happier and all of us are helping one another.
If we are going to look at our situation, we sometimes neglect His commands. But there are also people who knows how to follow His words. They love others. There are also people who really needs help but we sometimes do not believe them because there are people who are also very greedy.
If we know how to follow His commandments, we might live in a safer place. A world where you don’t need to be scared . A world where there is full of hope.
May 8, 2021- Saturday
“If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too”
Sometimes we ask ourselves if we deserve what is happening in our lives. In spite the good deeds that we’ve done, people tend to fool, hurt and leave you. And even if you help people so much, they will still say something bad about you.
This gospel explains that it is natural to experience this kind of judgement. Even Christ who is holy, many still did not believe in HIM. Still, he loved us for eternity.
It doesn’t matter even if people will not see your goodness, but it is the Lord who will truly see it.
May 7, 2021 FRIDAY
Gospel “John 15:12-17
“I call you friends”
The Gospel shows how Christ humbled himself. We all know that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of the Lord.In spite of all this, he still treated us as his beloved people. He never forces us to do whatever HE wants. HE lets us decide for ourselves. Whatever happens, HE is still there to guide us.
I am hoping that we also do the same thing as what HE did to us.
Lord, I thank you for making us your beloved people.
May 6, 2021-Thursday
Gospel John 15:9-11
“If you will keep my commandments you will remain in my love”
The truth is, love is easier said than done. Just like our LOVE to the Lord, we often say that we believe and love HIM but do we follow HIS commandments?
Most of the time, we feel guilty if we make a mistake. But if we learn and make things right this is a good way to show and prove our love to HIM.
May 5, 2021 Wednesday
Gospel John 15:11-8
“Abide in me and I in you”
In today’s Gospel, we are reminded that if we are going to separate ourselves from HIM, we will be like a tree without prosperous fruits. Our only purpose is to be a firewood and vanish in the fire and if we are going to be with HIM, we will be priceless.
Our lives will be unwavering if we will follow and spread the word of God. We should not let ourselves be fruitless.
May 4, 2021-Tuesday
"Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid"
We all know that we are affected by this pandemic. We even ask God how will it all end. Many of us are worried and scared for our future. Especially the poor, they don’t even know where to get the food that they will eat for their supper.
It is not easy for us to relinquish our fears, but if we are going to be brave and believe in God, we can assure ourselves that we can surpass our hardships.
May 3, 2021 Monday
Gospel John 14:6-14
"Have I been with you all this time”
Nowadays, many of us are experiencing poverty and losing hope. We all know that God is there, but we tend to look for Christ in times of need.
In this Gospel, God is reminding us that HE is always with us and within us. We might not feel HIM sometimes because we are focusing on the negativities, but if we are going to broaden our mind and soul, we will see HIM in so many ways.
Lord, we thank you for always being with us in times of need. Amen.