Quotations:

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

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My Reflection for Saturday May 10, Third Week of Easter; John 6:60-69

Gospel: John 6:60-69
Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
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Reflection:
How is your faith in Jesus right now? Is it as solid as a rock or weak as a sand castle?

After extensively telling His followers that He is the Bread of Life and anyone that drinks His blood and eats His bread would never anymore thirst or hunger. It was now time to weigh up their faith on Jesus. Unfortunately many did not believe the Bread of Life discourse of Jesus. So they went back to their own life, therefore they disconnected themselves from actively following Jesus.

If we are made to choose between Jesus and the frills of this world. Many of us would also choose to be with this world rather than to be with Jesus. Why? What does this world offer us that we love it more than we love our God? This world offers us temporal power, wealth, influence and the like.

Why is it that many of us have chosen to embrace these worldliness? Perhaps we have not yet felt the power of Jesus in our lives otherwise if we have already felt the power of God in our lives. We would surely leave behind all forms of worldliness for God.

Would it be possible to have the best of both sides (We follow God and we follow also this world). No, we have to choose which one we want to embrace. It’s either we embrace this  temporal world or we embrace our everlasting God. The righteous choice is always to be with God and never to be with this world.

What would it benefit us if we gain all the power and riches in this temporal world yet we don’t have the love of God?  Nothing except emptiness and nothingness which surely will lead us only to depression.  

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