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

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Reflection for Saturday May 20, Fifth Week of Easter: John 15:18-21

Gospel: John 15:18-21
Jesus said to his disciples: "If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, 'No slave is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me."
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A worldly and sinful man unexpectedly had a spiritual awakening. It happened when he suddenly opened his long dormant bible and was able to read this passage: “You do not belong to the world. (John 15:19)”

After which he immediately abhorred every sin that he had been doing. He completely left behind his worldly friends that drove him to sin. As a result of his righteous and drastic actions they condemned him as someone who is already out of his mind.

This world will hate us, even our worldly friends will hate us too once we choose to be faithful to Jesus. But we must not worry about worldly condemnation for so long as we are already with Jesus. If God is with us who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
It takes great courage to decide not to belong to this world! Why? Because almost everyone wants to belong to this world! Material wealth and power are the most sought after possessions in this world. Who would not want material wealth and power?

However, not all are blinded by the glitters of this world there are also those who chose to shun the offerings of this world they’ve instead chose to follow Jesus. When we’re faced with the challenge on whom to choose, we hope that we would also choose Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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