I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 25 John 12:20-33

My Reflections:
A young man was aspiring to become a future priest so after his high school studies he went to a seminary to present himself to the vocation director. When he was asked why he desires to become a priest he said that he want to serve the people of God. To make a long story short the young man was accepted by the in seminary.

What the vocation director does not know was this: the young man lied when he answered that he wants to serve the people of God. He only want to become a priest because he loves the special attention given to priest in their parish. He loves the influence that a priest wields in the community, he loves the respect given to a priest most specially when the hand of the priest is blessed by the parishioners. And lastly the man loves the abundance of food that he often sees in their parish church.

After a year of studying the young man was eventually told by the vocation director to permanently consider a life outside of the seminary. For the reason that he could not cope-up with the very strict discipline of the religious institution.       

We sometimes seek Jesus with the thought in mind that once we are with Him life will be blissful already. We seek Jesus because we think that the moment we are with Him there will be no more problems and difficulties to overcome. We seek Jesus because we think that He is the panacea for our personal and emotional difficulties.

In the beginning of our gospel there were some Greeks who came to worship at the Passover Feast and they wanted to personally see Jesus. For what reason did they want to see Jesus? Were they expecting to witness more miracles from Jesus? Were they expecting to be healed by Jesus?  Were they expecting to hear more life changing preaching from Jesus?

Yet Jesus mysteriously tells us in the gospel as He told Andrew and Philip that if we want to have a full comprehension of His Lordship. We must be ready to die from our own selfish desires; we must be ready to lose our worldly lives in order to have eternal life with Him. And if we really want to truly serve Him we must be ready to bear our own cross as He carried and bore His own cross on His way to Calvary.  

A life with Jesus is never easy but it’s only through Him that we will discover the true meaning of our lives.

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