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 15, 2019 Wednesday
“Whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” Jn12:46
“I know that his commandment is eternal life, and that is why the message I give as the Father instructed me.” The face of love himself wanting the best for each one of us. However, he gives man the freedom to make choices. Between light and darkness, life or death. Choose light ! Choose love!
“Lets us put on the whole armour of God, that we may be able to stand the test of evil.” Ep6:11
May 14, 2019 Tuesday
“This is my command: LOVE each other” Jn15:17
I have told you this, that my own joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete! What a beautiful assurance if only we stick it out with Jesus -- by keeping the commandments. So what makes it difficult to LOVE? “It was I who CHOSE you”. Can we also do the same each moment, each day? To CHOOSE to Love?
Mama Mary, you chose to remain standing at the foot of the cross. May we too take the daily option to choose the cross. Amen.
May 13, 2019 Monday
“My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” Jn10:10
Indeed life is full of contrasts. The thief who takes away life vs. Jesus who gives life. He re-introduced himself to us as the Good Shepherd who LEADS, PROTECTS and PROVIDES to those who listen and follow his voice. The life he gives is abundantly rich and full! We’re not talking about material richness, rather Eternal life! It is here, now! Life in Christ is on a higher plane because of his forgiveness and love for humanity. He invites us today to set our eyes on the cross where we will find direction, destination.There is no greater gift at Easter than Jesus himself!
Today, let us draw closer to Jesus who is our gate to a fulfilled life. He is enough!
May 12, 2019 Sunday
Gospel: John 10:27-30
“No one can take them out of My hand.” - cf Jn 10:28
Today, Good Shepherd Sunday, we celebrate the immense love of Jesus to us, His sheep. He knows us and assures us that with Him, we shall never perish. He leads us away from the wolves of temptation, and rescues us and lead us back when we are lost. How great it is to imagine Him holding our hands, leading us to find the good pasture.
Jesus, give us wisdom to choose the good shepherds who will lead our country as we vote tomorrow. May You guide those who will be elected to the path of humble service and love.
May 11, 2019 Saturday
Gospel: John 6:60-69
“This saying is hard; who can accept it?” - cf Jn 6:60
Sometimes in prayer, we may be challenged by Jesus to speak up for the truth. And many times in obeying Him, we may not please everyone. As an old saying goes, “Truth hurts.” But we must also remember that “The truth will set us free”. True prayer is hearing not only what we want to hear, but to hear God’s truth. Jesus Himself was left by many of His disciples upon hearing His words. But He did not let this affect Him.
Mother Mary, help us to carry the necessary pain as we stand up for the Truth.
May 10, 2019 Friday
Gospel: John 6:52-59
“So you will have life because of Me.”- cf Jn 6:57
Was there a moment when you feel that life is a blur? That you are just merely gliding, passing through, with no definite meaning or purpose? Jesus today reminds us that during these moments we may just need to reconnect with the true source of life. No fad diet, unli-buffet or energy drink will be enough to fill that innate hunger. True nourishment comes only from Jesus. So let us feed ourselves daily with His word through prayer, and let us invigorate our passive lives with the active love that Christ provides.
May 9, 2019 Thursday
Gospel: John 6:44-51
"They shall all be taught by God.” - cf Jn 6:45
In today’s Gospel Jesus explains that faith begins by being drawn by the Father. He approaches us and reveals Himself to us in subtle ways- through our parents or colleagues, acquaintances or strangers, achievements or failures, happy memories or gruesome trials. Each moment is a teaching moment with God. He is an intimate God who knows us from within. Quoting St. Augustine, “The Lord is closer to us than we are to ourselves”. Therefore we must strive to find Him in every situation we are in, and to say with conviction, “My Father is here. He is present within me.”
May 8, 2019 Wednesday
Gospel: John 6:35-40
"I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” - cf Jn 6:37
The gospel today somewhat reminds us of the Repentant Thief, who even on his last day on earth, was showered by Christ’s mercy. How beautiful it is to see Jesus always spreading His arms wide to embrace us- despite all our shortcomings, no matter how far we’ve drifted apart from Him. Such is Jesus’ promise, that whoever comes to Him will never hunger or thirst. Is it even possible to imagine a world without hunger? Jesus invites us to help alleviate hunger simply by bringing others closer to Him. Can you do your share today?
May 7, 2019 Tuesday
Gospel: John 6:30-35
"What can You do ?” - cf Jn 6:30
It’s quite absurd to hear the crowd asking Jesus this question a day after He performed the feeding of the five thousand. How can they forget too soon? However, we oftentimes tend to be like the crowd- easily losing track of what Jesus has done in our life and instead questioning what He can do for us. Jesus may be performing miracles right before our eyes, but our lack of faith and trust clouds our vision. Father, give us wisdom to deepen our understanding of the different situations and realities in our lives. Strengthen our faith and trust daily. Amen.
May 6, 2019 Monday
Gospel: John 6:22-29
"Work for food that endures.” - cf Jn 6:27
Before doing any endeavor, we usually tend to ask, ‘What’s in it for me?’. We oftentimes get attracted to things, people or activities because of personal gain. In today’s gospel, Jesus reminds the people to work not for things that are superficial and borne of self-interests. Jesus invites us to accomplish God’s works by closely following His footsteps. As an old acronym goes, ‘WWJD: What would Jesus do?’
Mother Mary, as the one closest to our Lord, help us purify our intentions and work for relationships that last, making meaningful time on earth in accordance with His Kingdom.