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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Reflection for May 12, Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter; John 17:20-26

Gospel: John 17:20-26
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”
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What would happen if the love of Jesus is present in a family? There is unity and there is an unbreakable bond that exists no matter what happen inside that family.  In the same breath what will happen if the love of God is not present in a family? There is disunity, chaos and dysfunctionality which will eventually lead to the disintegration of the family.

Jesus love for God and God’s love for Jesus is the only love that can bind and unify members of family.  It’s a love that is humble and persevering; no wonder Jesus remained faithful to HIS mission of salvation. Jesus humbled Himself even if HE is equal with God and He persevered to fulfill HIS salvific mission even at the cost of HIS life.

If spouses want their family to remain united in love forever they must also have the same humility and perseverance. The children should have an active prayer life anchored on the wise shepherding of their parents. Thus, it will not fall to the trap of the devil who always incite for the dismemberment of the family.

Let us look at ourselves and reflect if we have the love of Jesus and God the Father inside our own family. Let us reflect if we breathe humility and perseverance for the sake of the wellbeing of our family. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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