Saturday of the 4th Week of Easter

John 14:7-14

Last Supper Discourse

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

“When they saw the crowds, the Jews used blasphemies and contradicted everything Paul said,” (Acts 13).

The age-old struggle between good and evil, between the Kingdom of God and of Satan has taken various forms and manifestations throughout human history.

When, in the fullness of time Jesus Christ came among us to establish the Kingdom of His Father, the demonic forces marshalled their opposition. The Messiah was tempted b y Satan in the desert. In His public ministry the opposition came in many forms – in the scribes and Pharisees, in the Jewish and Roman authorities; also in unbelieving disciples. Jesus was accused of many offences: blasphemy (in many forms like: forgiving sins, statements of destroying the temple, claiming to be the Son of God); black magic (expelling demons through the power of Beelzebul); consorting with publicans and prostitutes; breaking the Sabbath. In the end the opposition triumphed: they crucified Him as an evil malefactor, “Cursed is he who hangs from a tree (of the cross).”

But truth triumphs and life is never conquered.

The forces of evil, no matter how clever they maybe, do not know the mind of God who has worked with paradoxes. A line from 1Corinthians proves this: “We speak God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden which God predetermined before the ages for our glory and which none of the rulers of this age knew, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory,” (2:7-8).

It is a lesson repeated often in the Gospels: “The disciple is no greater than the Master.” If Jesus suffered, died and rose in glory, His followers cannot expect an easier way to glory. (Fr. Willy Villegas, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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People say that will know where a person comes from or what family she belongs to by the way she behaves and the manner by which she speaks. This is similar to what Jesus says in the gospel: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. Such is His intimacy and oneness with the Father that they are truly One. He is always aware of this. He lives to do the Father’s will. He never claims anything as His own. It is the Father who is in Him, empowering Him to speak His words and do His works.

His intimacy with the Father makes Him so secure that even when people do not believe in Him He remains unshaken in His rootedness in the Father’s love.

They say that people who have loved each other for a long time begin to look alike, even in physical features. We see this often in married couples who have lived intimately together until death.

Would that we who profess to belong to God begin to resemble Him such that people can say: “We have seen Him because we have seen you.” (Sr. Rowena Pingol, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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A little girl was sent to the store with specific instructions from her mother to come straight home when she has bought everything. She was more than two hours late coming home, much to the distress of her anxious mother. “Where have you been?” scolded the mother. ‘I’m sorry, mom, I know I am late but Jane broke her doll and I had to stop and help her fix it.” “Wanda, how could you help her fix that broken doll?” in her precious, childlike manner the girl responded, “I really could not but I sat down with her and helped her cry.”

Jesus said to His disciples, “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If you cannot believe it because I say it, believe it because of the very works I do.” Jesus had manifested His Father in His very life. To see Jesus is to see what God is like. In Jesus God had sanctified human birth, sanctified the humble human home of ordinary folks and sanctified childhood. God was not ashamed to do a man’s work. Jesus was never ashamed to work as a carpenter. Like His Father, He sanctified work. We never realize that God understands our day’s work. He knows the difficulty of making ends meet. He shares men’s problems and sufferings. He knows what is to be tempted. He had to go through the pains of Gethsemane and Calvary. In Jesus we see a loving God from the time of His birth to His death.

Just like the little girl who empathized with her friend, Jesus never leaves us alone unhappy. He will share with us His love and compassion because God is never happy when we are unhappy. He gives all including His life to make our life full. (Fr. Dino Ariola, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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I was standing in the vestibule, greeting people as they walked out from the Church after the Mass. Along came a little girl, hardly two feet tall, a human cherub, if there ever was one. She looked up at me said something I could not hear. I bent over, way down and asked her to repeat what she said. In a piping voice she asked: “What color are God’s eyes?” Without a moment’s hesitation I replied: “Blue, just like yours.” Tiny as she was, the little girl was flattered. She blinked, smiled and then toddled away to tell her mother.

A lot of us are like that little girl. Perhaps we don’t ask about the color of God’s eyes but many grown-ups as well as children want to know: “What is God like?”

In today’s gospel Jesus gives us a clue when He declared: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” What our Lord said and did tell us what God is like.

Jesus loved. Look at Him in the Bethlehem cradle. Watch Him feed the hungry, reach out to the sick and handicapped. Stand beneath the Cross; here is a man who died out of love for everyone. He is telling us that God is all-loving.

Look at our Lord calming the storm, healing all kinds of diseases, multiplying a few loaves to feed thousands. Christ shows us the power of God. God is powerful, all provident.

Christ forgave. Remember Magdalene and the man with the palsy. Remember the cry of Christ on the cross: “Father, forgive them.” God is all-merciful, all-forgiving.

After His resurrection, in His glorified body, Jesus appeared to His apostles even when the doors were locked. God is everywhere.

Whether God’s eyes are blue or brown, we don’t know but we do know He is all-good because Jesus, His son was all-good. (Fr. Nile Gealan, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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One afternoon as I was preparing the crib for a Christmas tableau in our hall, a little Aeta boy who was about four years old came to observe what I was doing. All I had were the statues of Mary, Baby Jesus and a carabao. He showed interest in what I was doing so I took the opportunity to tell him that the lady’s name is Mary and that she is the Mother of Jesus. meanwhile, the priest arrived to celebrate Holy Mass. The boy left me to attend the Mass. Right after the final hymn, the little Aeta boy came running to me and asked eagerly, “Who and where is the Father of Jesus? Does Jesus look like His Father?” his question took me by surprise and I was helpless because I did not have on hand a picture nor a statue of St. Joseph. A father figure is very important in the Aeta culture. I tried my best to explain in simple words to the little but I felt he was not fully satisfied with all my explanation. I was really challenged by the boy’s question so I got A statue of St. Joseph and presented it to him. It was only then that he was satisfied.

In today’s gospel, Philip’s question to Jesus similar to that of the little Aeta boy, “Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and still do not know me?” Jesus’ response must have come as a surprise to Philip. What could be Jesus’ message? What does he mean by the word “know”? Jesus wanted to teach Philip the essence of discipleship, which is knowing Him, and knowing Him springs from a personal relationship and intimacy with him. To know him is to listen to His teachings, commune in prayer, do His will, take up our daily cross and share His very life and mission.

Jesus had repeatedly taught His disciples that, “The Father is in me and I am in the Father,” (John 10:38b). “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do so that the Father maybe glorified in the Son,” (John 14:14). These words of Jesus reveal His one and only passion, His Father. Thus if we experience personal intimacy with Jesus, we also come to know the Father and we share in His Abba-experience. (Sr. Jot Mary Climaco, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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April 23, 2016 Saturday

“You know, Father, for some time I left our church,” a parishioner told me one day. This was at the Saint Arnold Janssen Parish in Basak-San Nicolas, Cebu City, the only SVD-run parish in the whole of the Archdiocese of Cebu. I was serving this parish located in a depressed area for eight years.  “What do you mean?” I asked the man.

“I left our church and joined the other (Pentecostal!) church in our neighborhood. I was already taking part in their religious services there.” “And how was it there?” I inquired.

“I did not feel at home. Their church is bare. No images, no statues at all. I missed the statue of Saint Arnold and the image of Mama Mary and the image of the Lord Jesus. Most of all, I missed the Real Presence in our tabernacle with the sanctuary lamp beside it. And so, I’m coming back to our church, Father. Here I feel at home and can really pray.”

“Welcome back home!” I said gladly.” Be convinced now that this is where you belong.”

Did not that parishioner somehow echo what Philip told Jesus in our gospel today? “Master, show us the Father…” Was not Philip, in effect, asking for something concrete– a representation, an icon, an image of the Father? The iconoclasts notwithstanding, people of flesh and blood need concrete representations in their devotional life.

In his answer to Philip, Jesus hits the nail on the head: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” Paul, in his Letter to the Colossians, puts it this way: Jesus is “the image of the unseen God.” (Col 1:15) In his “Treatise against the Heresies”, Irenaeus declares something similar: “… all saw the Father in the Son, for the Father is the invisible of the Son, the Son the visible of the Father.” Would such concepts as mercy and compassion and love not have remained abstract and cold had Jesus not made them of flesh and blood? Thanks to the Incarnation of the Word of God, we see and hear and feel the all-merciful, all-compassionate, all-loving God, in the person of Jesus, he being the perfect image of the Father.

Followers of Christ that we are, we should bring the Father’s presence to our world, making it our mission to show something of the mercy and the compassion and the love of the Father to those within our reach. In this mission we have a good leader: Pope Francis who walks the talk to encourage us. Thanks be to God for him! He has learned of Christ well. In his own simple, humble way, he shows us the face of the Father — the Father of us all. (Fr. Dong Alpuento, SVD USC, Talamban, Cebu City Bible Diary 2016)

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CHRIST IN YOU: We usually associate hospital with sick people. But not everything in hospital is burdensome. Not everything in hospital is depressing and discouraging. For example, in the nursery of every hospital you can feel a certain thrill and pleasure of seeing parents, their eyes and faces glowing with joy and pride over their newborn babies. It is also amusing to see parents looking at their newborn babies and trying to discover resemblances as evidence by remarks such as “He’s got my eyes and nose, my husband’s skin, my lips and so on.”

Every parent takes pride in discovering how his/her child looks like him/her. Jesus says, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father,” because He’s indeed the Son of God the Father. When Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me, has seen the Father,” He did not mean His nose is like that of God the Father’s. It does not mean the face of Jesus carries the features of God the Father’s face. It does not mean the body of Jesus looks follows the same physique as God the Father. When He said those words, Jesus meant His capacity to love, to care, to be concerned, to understand and to forgive, is like that of God the Father.

But you see, dear brothers and sisters, what Jesus could say of Himself, we too should be able to say of ourselves. If Jesus could say, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father,” we should also aspire to say, “Whoever has seen me, has touched the goodness of God.” And yet it is not so. Whoever has seen Jesus, has seen God’s understanding. And yet many people who see us, have not been reminded of the good God from whom we came. Why not? (Socrates Villegas, Jesus in my Hear, p. 48)

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TO SEE THE FACE OF GOD: One time while browsing through the family albums at home, I came across a photo of my parents during their 4oth wedding anniversary. What struck me about the photograph was that there my father and mother looked alike. I dared ask them why and my mother answered: “We look alike because we have been together for 40 years already.”

I think it is true that people who stay with each other for a long time start to look like each other. Old couples who have stayed together for a long will not only begin to physically resemble each other, they will even walk, talk and conduct themselves similarly.

That is precisely the reason why Jesus is able to say, “When you see me, you have seen the Father.” Jesus has been with the Father from the beginning of time. And Jesus will be with the Father for all eternity. That is why Jesus also asks us to mirror the goodness of God; that when people look at us, they will be reminded of the goodness of God. That when people look at us, they will feel the presence of God.

From our own experience we know there are people who have a way of reminding us of God. There are also people who, no matter what they put on, remind us of worldliness and sin. There are also people who remind us of the presence of God, probably because they have stayed with God. They have been face to face with God for sometime, so much so, that they are able to radiate God’s face.

Moses talked to the Lord on Mt. Tabor, and when he came down, people could not look at his face because his face was dazzlingly white after he had been touched by the face of God.

Jesus and the Father are one. My father and my mother look alike because they have stayed together for 45 years. We will stay with Jesus longer than that, and God’s wish is that will all like Him.

Ask yourself, “When you show yourself to other people, are they reminded of God or are they tempted by the devil? When people look at you, are they reminded of the goodness of God or are they reminded of the fearsome evil one? We all should be mirrors of God’s love. Let us pray for each other, that we all may radiate the goodness of God. (Socrates Villegas, Only Jesus Always Jesus, pp.71-72)

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Reflection: How well do we know God the Father? How well do we know Jesus? Perhaps no one of us could say that by our own effort we know God the Father and Jesus very well. Because the gift of deeply knowing God the Father and Jesus is something that we cannot achieve by our own effort for it’s a gift by the Holy Spirit.

In this gospel episode Jesus tells the disciples and us too about His oneness with God the Father. Yet Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father and that would be enough for them (John 14:8). What was going on in Philip’s mind? Perhaps Philips was just following Jesus for the sake of His miracles and mission. There was no deeper conversion within Philip that’s why He wasn’t able to decipher the oneness of Jesus and the Father.

When we decide to follow Jesus, let us not only follow Him because of His miracles and the desire to share in His mission. Let us decide to follow Jesus also because we yearn for our own spiritual growth with Him. We yearn for a deeper faith and a deeper conversion within ourselves.

If we only follow Jesus for His miracles and mission sooner or later this desire for discipleship will decrease. Until we decide to lie low and eventually detach ourselves from following Jesus. Let us therefore pray and be open for the gift of deeper faith and deeper conversion within ourselves.

mjdasma.blogspot.com/2014/05/my-reflection-for-saturday-may-17.html

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Reflection for May 2, Saturday, Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church; John 14:7-14 Reflection: Do we believe this pronouncement of Jesus that He is one with God? Of course we do, then what’s next after believing? Next after believing is to put into concrete actions what we believe.

Belief only is not enough, we have to translate this into living faith. Faith that is seen though our deeds, because if we only say that we believe. Yet we don’t translate it into actual acts of mercy and compassion, then it’s empty.

Jesus in our gospel tells us, “Whoever believes in me will do the things that I do (John 14:12).” Let us pause and reflect if we are able to somehow measure-up to this challenge of Jesus. Do we do the works of Jesus? Do we volunteer to help someone in need? Do we always say words that heal a broken person? Are we quick to throw judgment and condemnation?

It’s so easy to say, I believe in the oneness of Jesus  and God.  Yet we are always challenged by Jesus to always prove it by our words and actions. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

mjdasma.blogspot.com/2015/05/reflection-for-may-2-saturday-saint.html

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 Friday, April 22, 2016

Reflection for April 23, Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter; John 14:7-14

Reflection: One of my fondest memories about my father (Victor O. Dasmarinas Sr.) was when I was around seven to ten years old. He would bring me to church especially during holy week and I would hear him acting as the narrator during Palm Sunday, Good Friday and sometimes during the station of the cross he would also act as one of the readers and sometimes apostle. He had a booming voice which I have inherited.

Whenever I go for a vacation in our province whenever my friends and relatives would see me they would always say that they are reminded of my father because of how I look. I would always reply with a thank you and with a smile in return.

In the gospel Philip said to Jesus, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9).” The two personalities or the Trinity is revealed by Jesus him and God the Father and they are acting as one person. Jesus further told them whoever believes in me will do the works that I do (John 14:12).

There is a great responsibility on us when we say that we are followers of Christ because Jesus tells us that if we are a believer we must do the works that he did in other words we must emulate him if we profess to be His followers.

If we are true followers of Jesus we have no other choice but to do His works in the process we will be closer to Him. And whenever others would see us they will be reminded of Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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CHILDLIKE HEART’S DESIRE: “If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” – John 14:14

On their birthdays, I’d ask my nieces what they want. They would say their childish heart’s desires. If it was in my power to grant it, I would.

I also have my own childlke desires. One New Year, I told the Lord that I wanted to see Joyce Meyer.

Joyce Meyer is one of the more popular Christian preachers and I am her avid fan. I would regularly watch her on cable TV and I wanted so much to attend her conference in the U.S. But my husband said we’d catch her some other time since we were going to the Hillsong Conference in Australia instead.

A few months before Hillsong, we learned that Joyce Meyer was to be a main speaker at the conference. That was a real bonus for me. What a delightful turn of events!

God looked at the recesses of my heart and saw my wishes. He granted them in a way that only God as a Father can do.

Yes, God grants our heart’s desires even if it’s not our birthday. Donna España (donna@homeliving.com.ph)

Reflection: Our desires and dreams will be fulfilled with joy in our hearts if they are aligned with God’s will for our life. Have you checked your heart’s desire lately?

Abba Father, I will seek You for my purpose and mission in life that I may achieve joy, peace and love.

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1ST READING: We should not waste our time and energy proclaiming the Gospel to the hardened of heart, particularly if there are others who wish to respond to the Gospel. The same is true of the work of the Church — the most worthy recipients are those who express gratitude for what they have received and work for a deeper conversion in their lives. It is among people like this that the Gospel will bear the most fruit. Acts 13:44-52

GOSPEL: This promise of Jesus is worth meditating on as it tells us that we will perform greater works than Jesus did. This may sound ridiculous but it makes sense when we understand that it is really Jesus working through us and that nothing we do for the Gospel is done apart from Him. Let us never under-estimate the possibility that the power of the Holy Spirit will manifest itself in our works for the Kingdom of God. Let God be the one to choose how He manifests His glory in our midst. John 14:7-14

think: Let God be the one to choose how He manifests His glory in our midst.

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YOU WILL DO GREATER WORKS THAN ME: Do you believe that the title of this reflection is true? Does this mean that we are greater than Jesus? Of course not! What it means is that Jesus, in His absolute generosity to us, has made available to us the power that He used to perform the miracles in His ministry here on earth. How do we gain access to this power and grace?

The cost is great and very few are willing to pay it — because the cost is our entire lives. The cost is a life of discipleship — surrendering our lives to the will of God and choosing His will over our own or that of the world. The decision to respond to the call of discipleship is the most fundamental choice we can make in our spiritual lives. It is from this that everything else flows. We have to ask ourselves if we are willing to pay the price of discipleship because if we say we are, then God will eventually put our resolve to the test.

It is good to reflect on the lives of the martyrs. They have made the supreme sacrifice in following Jesus. It is not likely that that will be our calling but it could be. Stranger things have happened than that! Gaining access to the grace of God means being in relationship with Jesus and making this relationship our priority. Discipleship is neither for the fainthearted or lazy nor for those who are easily distracted by or attracted to earthly pleasures and things. Discipleship is for those who are serious about making a difference in the life of the Church and the world.

If you think what I have just written sounds difficult, then be prepared for more than that. Discipleship is also about choosing a life of humility and virtue — always putting others before ourselves and ensuring that the weakest member of the group is looked after first. Holiness is a good way to describe discipleship. Jesus calls us to practice what we preach and, thus, to love others in the way we would want them to love us. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTION: In what ways can you show that you are serious about following Jesus?

Holy Spirit, help me to open my heart to Your grace so that You can empower me to become a disciple of Jesus, placing love of God and my neighbor before my own desires and wants.

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A fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them in some way to communicate ideas about God. Here are some of the results:

GOD is like BAYER ASPIRIN … He works miracles.

GOD is like a FORD … He’s got a better idea.

GOD is like COKE … He’s the real thing.

GOD is like HALLMARK CARDS … He cares enough to send His very best.

GOD is like TIDE … He gets the stains out that others leave behind.

GOD is like GENERAL ELECTRIC … He brings good things to life.

GOD is like SEARS … He has everything.

GOD is like ALKA-SELTZER … Try Him, you’ll like him.

GOD is like SCOTCH TAPE … You can’t see him, but you know He’s there.

GOD is like DELTA … He’s ready when you are.

GOD is like ALLSTATE … You’re in good hands with Him.

GOD is like VO-5 HAIR SPRAY … He holds through all kinds of weather.

GOD is like DIAL SOAP … Aren’t you glad you have Him.

Don’t you wish everybody did?

mamarocks.com/god_is_like.htm

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Supernatural Secrets

May 2, 2015 (readings)

Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Father Steven Reilly, LC

John 14:7-14

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

Introductory Prayer: Father, how empty is the life that doesn’t know the joy of Jesus your Son. I have come to this prayer today to know you and your Son better, to love you more and to imitate your perfections. Thank you for this time of prayer.

Petition: Father, help me to be aware of your presence in my soul.

  1. The Father and Jesus Are One:The liturgy gives us a second look at this Gospel passage. The great truth that Jesus is sharing with Philip is that as the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus and the Father are one – they are inseparable. We worship Christ. We don’t merely honor him as the best of men; he is the God-man whom we adore. What Jesus is by nature we are empowered to be by grace. With our baptism, we became adopted children of God. Brought into the family of the Trinity, the divine persons dwell in our soul as in a temple. Do we realize the dignity we have been given?
  2. Doing the Same Works As Jesus:Herein lies the possibility of doing the works of Jesus. If he lives in us, he can work through us. What an opportunity to cooperate with grace! When we are loving, kind and disciplined, we aren’t merely being good. These good deeds are more than just good; they have an eternal value. After all, they are the “works of Jesus.” We receive the reward for his works. Such is the generosity of the Master whom we serve!
  3. Ask and You Shall Receive:The name of Jesus is powerful. He commands us to ask in his name for the things we need so that in granting them to us, the Father may be glorified. When we kneel before the tabernacle, we must approach the Lord with total and absolute confidence. He knows that our faith will grow when we experience his power in action: “Ask and you shall receive!” (Matthew 7:7-9).

Conversation with Christ: Lord, what a consoling thought is it that the Holy Trinity dwells in my soul. I am a child of God! Help me to do the works of God! I ask this in your name.

Resolution: Because God dwells in my soul I will try to treat others as he would treat them.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

SATURDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR C) – JUAN 14:7-14. UNSA MAY GIPASABOT NI HESUS SA IYANG PAG-INGON: “KON MANGAYO KAMO BISAG UNSA SA AKONG NGALAN, BUHATON KO KINI.” Una sa tanan, kini wala magpasabot nga sa paggamit sa “ngalan ni Hesus” diha sa pag-ampo, makapangayo na kita bisan unsa ngadto kaniya. Sama sa usa ka maalamong Amahan, ang Ginoo mohatag lamang sa mga butang nga makaayo kanato nga Iyang mga anak, ug ihatag niya kini sa saktong panahon. Ang “pagpangayo sa ngalan ni Hesus” nagpasabot nga ato nang gitugyan kaniya ang paghukom kon ihatag ba niya o dili ang atong gipangayo, masaligon nga siya ang labing nasayod unsay maghatag kanato og kaayohan. Adunay nag-ingon, “The greatest test of faith is when you don’t get what you want, but still you are able to say ‘Thank you, Lord.’” Posted by Abet Uy

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April 23, 2016

REFLECTION: In today’s gospel reading we hear another mysterious statement of Jesus which a person can find hard to believe. It is this statement: “The one who believes in me will do the same works that I do; and he will even do greater than these.” Now is this true?

Well, if we limit ourselves to the miracles of Jesus (what are often called “works” in John’s gospel), it is not clear if ever in the course of the Christian centuries any given saint restored to health more people than Jesus did. We will never know because we have no statistics to compare.

However, presumably Jesus is also thinking here of his many sermons and intimate talks delivered in the course of his public life. How many people did he reach during that time? Given the estimated population of Palestine at the time (a few millions at most), we can guess that Jesus’ preaching reached a few hundred thousand people. But nowadays, thanks to the modern mass media, a popular televangelist or a successful religious author can easily reach millions of people. Naturally Jesus could not have anticipated this development. Yet, as a prophet, he could have a good idea concerning it. And, far from being jealous, he rejoiced in it, glad to be surpassed by his own disciples.

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