Friday of the 4th Week of Lent

John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

The Feast of Tabernacles


During this period of Lent, our Lord must be asking each one of us what He taught in the temple, “Do you really know me and where I came from?”

In our day-to-day living, who is Jesus to you what role does He play in your life? You know where He came from and do you believe that you came from and do you believe that you are destined to go there where He is at present? According to spiritual writers, Jesus offered and promised two things to those who accept Him as their Lord and Master:

1.    He promised them Eternal Life, life without end. Death for them would be nothing; death would not be the end but only the beginning.

2.    He promised them a life that is Secure. This does not mean a life without sorrow and suffering and death. It only means that in their darkest hour, they are aware that God is with them, strengthening them to stick it out with Him. (Fr. Fred Reyes Bible Diary 2006)


I admire people who take risks. I admire people who try to conquer their fears. I admire Filipinos who are working abroad. They would endure everything for the sake of their loved ones.

In the gospel, Jesus, throughout His time in Jerusalem, encountered increasing hostility to His message and mission. In spite of rejection, verbal harassment and even death threats He was able to accomplish God’s will. Jesus did not let His fear conquer Him. He took risks because of His love of the Father.

Despite what the world may try to tell us, God wants to guide us into happy and fulfilling lives. There will be unexpected bends in the road, some negative and some positive. The best strategy, however, is to put our attention on God’s love for us. God’s love will help us conquer everything. God’s love can turn fear to strength.

Let’s try to take another step this Lent. Let God take the plans we made and fill them with His wisdom and purpose. (Fr. Emmanuel Ferrer, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


The crowds were surprised to find Jesus preaching in the temple precincts. They were astonished to see his courage in defying authority and they were still more astonished to see that he was allowed to teach unmolested a thought suddenly struck them: “Have the authorized realized that He is the Messiah?”

The authorities, particularly the religious ones, knew where Jesus came from. They knew who His parents and who His brothers and sisters were. That was the very opposite of popular belief as regards the royal origins of the Messiah.

In answer to this objection, Jesus made two statements. He said that it was true that they knew who He was and where He came from; but it was also true that He had come direct from God. Secondly, He said that they did not know God but He did.

He was sent by the Father. He has so much trust in the providential care of His Father who was His source of strength.

What is your own experience of providential care of God? (Fr. Meme Levi, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


March 11, 2016 Friday

The plot to kill Jesus thickens in the Gospel. Premeditation and deliberations are now being hatched by the wicked. The rst reading describes in detail the scheming that is planned. Today’s reading, including the Responsorial Psalm, presents three characters:

The Wicked

Why do they want to kill the son of God? “Because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law. To us he is the censure of our thoughts; at the mere sight of him, we encounter hardship.”

The Wicked resist the invitation to change their ways. Their ways are their delight, their salvation. Turning away from their ways shakes the foundation of their lives. Hopelessly late will they discover that their ways lead to death.


He fights the wicked with “gentleness” and “patience” (Wis v.19). He knows exactly what his mission in life is. “I was sent by One who has the right to send.” On his own terms and at the right time, he fulfills the task the Father has designed for him, in order to save the wicked from persistently turning away from Him.


“The Lord is close to the broken hearted; those who are crushed in spirit he saves … The Lord redeems the lives of his servants.” Through the sufferings and death of his Son, the Father walks with Jesus, full of anguish and pain. Yet in his heart lurks the awareness of a tiny light that will soon burst into an explosion of light and life that will send his children back to him who will live with him forever.

May the season of Lent bring us closer to the Father. (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD DWST, Tagaytay City Bible Diary 2016)


OTHER WORLDLY: “They are not like other people; they have strange ways.” – Wisdom 2:15

He’s such a traditionalist he thinks what my children and I do for a living are strange — an online writer, a 3D animator, and a preschool teacher. In his world, only engineers, pilots, doctors, lawyers and other typical career people can succeed.

He also said, “When I read your blog, I don’t understand a thing. It’s like writing from the Holy Land.” I wondered if I ever sleep-wrote in Aramaic and emailed him by mistake. I like writing about my faith. He only likes to hear about worldly matters. He must think I came to my parents from another galaxy so we’re really not related.

I’ve never been able to convince him and his family to come to our prayer meetings. The “Praise the Lords,” the “Alleluias” and the raised hands are probably too peculiar for them.

There might be people — those you hardly know or, sadly, even those close to you — who think that following God’s call for your life and expressing your love for Him is weird. Don’t let them discourage you because the most important opinion is from the One who created you. Lella M. Santiago (

Reflection: Are you brave enough to express your faith even if other people will think you’re strange?

Help me, Jesus, to be bold for You and to keep on trying to get other people to know You even if I get laughed at or persecuted.


1ST READING: This text from the Book of Wisdom has an inherently psychological insight into the reactions of people to those who are good and, thus, challenges the sinful aspects of our lives. We have probably called someone a “goody two shoes” when their constant good works annoyed us. Is this really the reason why we call them that? I think the text from the Book of Wisdom suggests that it also might be frustration in our own inability to do what they have done. Wisdom 2:1, 12-22

GOSPEL: Jesus knew that He had a mission to perform and He was not going to jeopardize it by being reckless. He was also unafraid to face whatever obedience to His Father’s will might bring. Only Jesus can help us focus on His will for our life so that we can make a contribution in proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth.John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

think:  Only Jesus can help us focus on His will for our life so that we can make a contribution in proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth.


HUMAN LIFE IS INTERACTIVE: Deep thinkers through the ages have different interpretations about the unfolding of events. The determinists among them say, “Things happen as they have been predestined by the Eternal Force… and humans can do nothing to stop these.” The great humanists would say, “Everything depends on man’s willingness and man’s efforts… so virtue lies in the exercise of man’s superior faculties.” Pessimists would say, “Well, all is fate! What will be, will be.” Jesus’ behavior and attitude in today’s Gospel underscore two things.

First, there is a need for the human person to exercise care, prudence and discernment. Jesus Himself evaluated the circumstances around Him and was careful about going up to Jerusalem for He knew there were threats to His life. Secondly though, the heavenly Father also has effective control of things. He has not left the world to be at the mercy of accidents and limited humanity. He remains effective. Hence, the Gospel speaks about “the hour.” Everything happens as God knows, allows, permits and tolerates. All these happen also because of His mercy and His generosity.

Christlike living should then be more of a dance. We dance with God. We make our own careful and intelligent steps, yet we also know that God has His own pace and movements. The younger generation has a term for this reality of human life: interactive. Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: How at home are you with an “interactive” lifestyle? Or are you more at home with exercising initiative and command? Or more of the receiver-follower? How can you be more “interactive” at home, in your workplace, in your relationships?

Dearest Lord, help me to live my life as a dance with You. May my steps be attuned with Yours.


LOVE FINDS A WAY – “I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” – John 7:29

A grouchy elderly gentleman had just secured the door for the night with four locks, two deadbolts, and a chain latch. Later, he noticed a small white envelope stuck beneath the door. On the envelope was a large sticker in the shape of a heart. It was a valentine. Love had found a way.

What makes Christianity different? Simple: It’s about God’s pursuing us to draw us to Himself, while other religions desperately pursue the favor of their god through compliance of strict standards and incomprehensible rituals.

The God I know is crazy about me. He seems desperate to show His love. In fact, even if I turn away, I can’t stray for long. He courts me. He woos me back with His unending love — until my heart is melted again — to love Him back. In The Hound of Heaven, Francis Thompson writes that as he fled from God, he couldn’t outrun “those strong feet that followed… with unhurrying chase and unperturbed pace.”

My friend, you can run away from God the farthest you can. But I’m not worried the least bit. You’ll get tired. Then His love will catch up with you. His love will find a way to bring you back. Jon Escoto (

Reflection: Much is to be understood on how much God loves you. Seek Him today.

Father, today, may I know more of the love You have for me. Amen.


RECKLESS LOVE – So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come. – John 7:30

James Bond 007. John McClane of the Die Hard series. Jason Bourne of the Bourne trilogy. These men are magnets for danger, mayhem and terror. Always on the brink of death, they come out alive and kicking after the gun smoke clears. Thanks to special effects, stunt doubles and creative scriptwriters that make these marked men invincible — on screen.

Jesus was also a marked man. He knew well that the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Him and yet He still showed up at the festival. Did He have a death wish? Maybe not, but He spoke boldly to the crowd, “Do you really think you know Me and where I came from? I didn’t come on My own! The one who sent Me is truthful, and you don’t know Him.” No one dared to arrest Him that day for the hour of His great sacrifice had not yet come.

I believe Jesus also feared for His life. Although He was God, He was also man after all. But there was a force that moved Jesus despite His fear, a force that is bolder than confidence and more daring than courage. It was reckless, unconditional love that empowered Him to do the Father’s will at His own risk. The same love took Jesus to the cross that ended His earthly life; the same love that conquered death and sin and saved us. Dina Pecaña (

Reflection: Are you willing to risk all to obey the Father’s will?

More than confidence, more than courage, grant me, Lord, the grace to be faithful and obedient to Your will for my life. Amen.


ZEAL FOR GOD’S WORD – We have seen how passionate Jesus is in His mission when He drove away the money-changers and animal merchants in the Temple. His disciples remembered a verse in the Scriptures in understanding the passion exhibited by their Master: “For zeal for your house consumes me” (Psalm 69:9).

Today’s Gospel reveals Jesus with a similar zeal as He speaks openly in public in the sacred Temple area. He did not allow Himself to be intimidated by the religious authorities. The threat to His life did not stop Him from proclaiming His message.

He was forthright in bearing witness to the truths that His Father has revealed to Him. He has shown that, like all true prophets, He was willing to suffer the consequences of His “zeal for the Father’s house.”

When I was in the seminary, we would visit our apostolate areas every weekend. Some of us would travel for as long as three hours to reach our mission areas. Not wanting to waste travel time in empty talks and gazing outside the bus, two seminarians decided to preach in the bus. Standing on the aisle of the moving bus, they started to proclaim their reflections for the Sunday celebration. There was mixed reaction from the passengers. Some — the Catholics, we presumed — were amused, especially when they realized that those who were acting like itinerant preachers were seminarians studying to become priests. Others — the non-Catholics, we surmised — were annoyed for the seminarians “copied” their evangelizing style.

Every Christian, by virtue of his baptism, is called to pursue this task that the Lord has started. We must be forthright in witnessing to the truth given to us by Jesus, especially to members of our family or the community that we belong to. We can fully live this Christian vocation if we will not rest until we have spread God’s Word. Let us be inspired by Jesus’ zealousness. May the same passion consume us as we spread His Word. Fr. Sandy V. Enhaynes

REFLECTION QUESTION: For today, share God’s Word to at least one person that you encounter.

Grant me passion and courage to share Your Word with the people around me, Lord. Amen.


Reflection for March 20, Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent; John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 – Reflection: Does Jesus fear death? Yes, He feared death, yet Jesus did not allow His fear of death to paralyze His movement and desire to do His mission for God. He continued with His mission and became more creative in doing it until He reached His appointed time of arrest, persecution and death on the cross.

We see this in the gospel reading for today, Jesus did not want to travel to Judea for the reason that the Jews were planning to kill Him. But it was the feast of tabernacles, a sacred Jewish feast that He should observe. So Jesus went albeit secretly and there He preached with passion as if there was no threat on His life.

Do you also have fear/s in your life? Whatever your fears are don’t let it paralyze you. You have to face it so that you could conquer or defeat it. If Jesus let His fear of death overcome Him  there would have been no triumphant death on the cross and there would have been no salvation for all of us.

When we face our fears we live our dreams and we are able to achieve great things in life. Fear is an instrument of the devil to prevent us from achieving great things for us and for God. What are your fears? Ask Jesus to help you defeat it for He will surely help you. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Reflection for March 11, Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent; John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Reflection: How courageous are you in your desire to spread your faith?

In the gospel for today, even if there was a threat on His life Jesus still secretly went to Judea to attend the Feast of the Tabernacle. He courageously spoke in the temple area at the risk of His life. Where does His courage comes from? It originates from His deep oneness and intimacy with God.

Let us also aspire to have the same intimacy with God. So that we would also have the courage to express what we want to say on how God has made a big difference in our life. A good way to start is to have a regular time for God through our daily readings of his words in the bible. Through our presence at Holy Mass and through our prayers.

If we do these acts of worship and piety we surely would develop an intimacy with Jesus. And the result is we will now have the courage to live His teachings and even preach it.

A faithful follower should live and preach the teachings of Jesus. If he/she can’t preach it because not everyone has the gift of preaching he/she must live it. For this is one of the marks of a faithful follower of Jesus.

What kind of follower are you? Are you a follower in name only or follower in name and in deed? – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Protips – August 5, 2013

Fear Not

By Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides

To be given a break is such a wonderful thing. You feel affirmed, valued at pakiramdam mo, nagbunga na ang lahat ng iyong pagtitiyaga dahil sa wakas, may kumilala na sa iyong kayang gawin. Pero minsan, may ibang epekto rin ang magandang oportunidad o mas pinalawak na responsibilidad sa mga recipients nito. Sometimes breaks and promotions cause you to doubt yourself. Naiisip mo, kaya ko ba talaga ito? Mas mabuti pa yata kung mas simple na lang ang buhay at ibalik na lang ako sa dati kong trabaho. If you are doubting what you can do in your workplace, baunin mo ang sinasabi ng Isaiah 41:13, “For I, the Lord your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.'” If you have made God your ultimate boss, mentor and partner at work, you have nothing to fear.

Magandang araw, ako si Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides, para sa Protips.

Let me share with you the ABCs of overcoming your fears.

Admit your fears to God. Surrender your fears to Him. Natural lang na makaramdam ka ng takot lalo na sa mga bagay na hindi mo pa nasusubukan o nararanasan. New environment, new work, new challenges can bring uncertainties. At kapag hindi natin kabisado ang mga bagay-bagay natural lang na magkaroon ng puwang ang takot sa ating damdamin. This is a great opportunity for you to be honest to God about what you are feeling. Ito rin ay magandang pagkakataon para ibigay mo sa Kanya ang lahat ng iyong alalahanin at kinakatakutan. Ask the Lord to turn your fear into confidence in Him.

Believe that God has prepared you for the task at hand. Walang pagsubok o oportunidad sa trabaho mo o sa buhay mo na ibibigay sa iyo ang Diyos kung hindi ka pa handang harapin ito. God knows us best. He has equipped you for every work and challenge that will come your way. Kaya kapag binigyan ka ng break, isipin mo na inihanda ka na ng Diyos at ibinigay na Niya sa iyo ang lahat ng kailangan mo para magampanan ang bago mong responsibilidad.

Conquer your fear one day at a time. For many years, I feared giant slides. Ilang beses na akong niyaya ng aking mga anak na maki-slide sa kanila at palagi kong excuse, “I’m too old for that.” Pero sa totoo lang, natatakot ako at nalulula sa taas ng palaruan. Deep inside, I wondered how fun it would be kung makakapag-slide din ako kasama ng mga bata. This year, I made a resolve to conquer my fear. Instead of saying, “I’m too old for this” and sabi ko sa sarili ko, “If my kids can do it, so can I!” With much prodding from my eldest daughter and the encouragement of the play area attendants, I conquered my fear of the giant slide and landed on a pool of colorful plastic balls. It was so much fun. Are you missing on great and fun experience at work, dahil hinayaan mong matalo ka ng iyong takot at pangamba?

Fear not. God is so much bigger than the challenges you will encounter in life and at work.



Thursday, March 10, 2016

FRIDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK OF LENT (YEAR C) – JUAN 7:1-2, 10, 25-30. ASA MAN ANG TINUOD NATONG PULUY-ANAN? Ang ebanghelyo nagsaysay sa pagtambong ni Hesus sa Pangilin sa mga Payag (Feast of Tabernacles). Ang maong piyesta naghandum sa panahon kanus-a ang mga Judiyo nagpuyo sa mga payag didto sa kamingawan human sila makalingkawas gikan sa mga kamot sa mga Ehiptohanon. Ang mga payag maoy nagsilbi nilang lumalabay’ng pinuy-anan samtang sila nagpadulong pa sa yutang gisaad sa Dios (Promised Land) para kanila. Kining ebanghelyo magpahinumdum nga kita usab mga lumalabay lang ning kalibotan ug dili angay’ng magpaulipon sa mga kalibotanong butang. Usa ka Australian Aboriginal Proverb nag-ingon: “We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love . . . and then we return home.” Posted by Abet Uy


March 11, 2016

REFLECTION:     Like many stories in the Bible, the story of Cain and Abel epitomizes a universal characteristic of human nature. In this case it is the fact that a person’s genuine goodness produces in others a reaction of violent rejection.

Of Abel, the Bible says that, on the occasion when he made an offering to God, he “brought one of the best firstlings of his flock” (Gen 4:4). This is not said of Cain’s offering. In fact, since God did not accept it, the Bible hints that Cain had offered only his second best fruit of the soil. “Cain greatly resented this,” the text adds. And, as the story unfolds, we see that Cain’s hate for Abel brings him to murder Abel.

In both of today’s readings we see at work the same typical reaction of hate when someone is confronted with genuine goodness: in the Book of Wisdom we see evil men plotting the death of a righteous man, and in John’s gospel we see how the enemies of Jesus are plotting to kill him.

Why this negative reaction on the part of evil men? Because, by contrast, genuine goodness shows them for what they are. And who wants to see how ugly one is?


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