Thursday pf the 4th Week of Easter

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

This gospel passage reminds me of one Tagalog love song that goes like this:

Huwag mangamba hindi kita paghahanapan pa.

Ng anumang kapalit ng inalay kong pagibig

Sadyang ganito ang nagmamahal

Di ka dapat mabahala, hinanakit sa aki’y walang-wala

At kung hindi man dunating sa akin ang panahon

Na ‘ko ay mahalin mo rin. Asahan mong di ako magdaramdam

Kahit ako ay nasasaktan

Huwag mo lang ipagkait na ikaw ay aking mahalin.

A long time ago I frequently heard this song on the radio. It sounded corny and unrealistic to me. I started to appreciate and find meaning in it, however, when I became a novice. In moments when I doubted my vocation, I asked myself and God: Do I really love him or not? In one moment of prayer and solitude during my 20-day retreat, I brought to Jesus all my doubts and feelings of not being worthy of His love. During my prayer this song echoed in my heart as though God was singing it for me. Then I realized that the lyrics of this love song captured the kind of love Jesus always offers no matter who we are. Even if we repeatedly betray Him and fail to be faithful to His love, Jesus will never get tired of loving and forgiving and serving us. Because He is so free to love, He never chooses whom to love regardless of color, culture and race.

Jesus chose Judas. He never withdrew His choice even when He knew Judas would betray Him.

Jesus tells us: whoever receives the one I sent receives me. A times He may send us persons whom we do not like and who are not pleasant to be with. It is in such moments that we ask ourselves: as a Christian and true follower of Christ, are we willing to cooperate with God’s grace to accept, to love, to forgive and to serve others without any condition as Jesus did to us? (Sr. Marichu Gacayan, SSpS Bible Diary 2004)

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The gospel passage of today is an excerpt from the episode of Jesus washing the feet of His apostles.

Though Jesus washed His disciples’ feet (an act reserved for servants), He has not lost His identity and dignity as “Lord” and “Master.” On the contrary, Jesus teaches His apostles that the identity and dignity of being “Lord” and “Master” ought not to be confined in the realm of power and prestige. It springs forth from one’s authentic service to neighbour. His apostles obviously had a difficult time comprehending such an “absurd” teaching. But later, enlivened by the Spirit, they themselves gave their lives in the service of the Gospel. Blessed are you if you put it into practice.

In today’s context, we too have our own share of being called “Lord” and “Master.” We have people under our care. How do we treat them? Do we treat or welcome them with a litany of “ifs” and conditions? I will help you if next time you’ll help me too. I will forgive her/him if he/she will make the first move. I will welcome them into my roof if they promise to behave. We all aspire for a better world, we all pray for a peaceful and happy life. But have we realized that nothing god comes easy; we have to labor in order to gain a bountiful harvest. The question is, how much are we willing to offer and sacrifice for a happy and peaceful life. Service ought not to be done in great and large scales; you can begin in your family. When was the last time you said, “I Love you” to your husband or wife or to your children or to your parents. Think of a person whom you haven’t talked to for a long time, perhaps it’s time to mend wounds and relationships. The “service” that Christ taught His apostles caused him His life. He doesn’t ask us to welcome our neighbour, even those whom we feel not worthy welcoming. In a human point of view, this seems laborious at times. But if we see the image of Christ in others, then we’re slowly creating that peaceful and happy life for all. Shine with the love of Christ. (Fr. Flavie Villanueva, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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Eating is a sign of friendship and fellowship among the Jewish people and in many cultures even today.  The shortcut to the heart of a person is through the stomach, so the saying goes. Friendship is cemented by a good hearty meal together. That’s the reason we invite our would-be-friends and partners for dinners. That’s why friendships and covenants end up at the meal table. In 2Sam 9:7,13 we read how David granted it to Mepibaal to eat bread at his table, when he might well have eliminated him as a descendant of Saul. By and large, we don’t turn against one who has given us a friendly meal. To do that is treachery of the bitterest kind.

Judas’ betrayal of Jesus is most poignant and heart-rending, because it was perpetuated by a friend and companion. As the Psalmist aptly puts it: “Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who are of my bread, has lifted up his heels against me,” (41:9). If the disloyalty were done by an enemy, it would be bearable but not when it comes from a friend. As we read on in the Psalms: “If it were an enemy that taunts me, then I could bear it; if it were a foe in pursuit of me, then I could hide from him. But it is you, my bosom friend and companion whose fellowship I enjoyed as we walked together in the house of the Lord,” (55:13-14).

Today the more loudly we denounce unfaithfulness in high places, in positions of trust, be it in government or church. If it were done among the lowly, it would be bearable, but if done by people we trust, then it’s poignant indeed.

With all honesty assess yourself now. By and large, are you a betrayer or a faithful one? (Fr. Dom Flores, SVD Bible Diary 2006)

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April 21, 2016 Thursday

A well-dressed gentleman was on his way to the bishop’s house. Near the entrance he spotted somebody cleaning the garden. “Excuse me,” he said, “I want to see My Lord.” “Here I am,” the other replied. “Anything I can do for you?” The gentleman was taken aback, very embarrassed, he mistook his Excellence for a gardener. Should he be?

Titles and persons could be misleading. We see Jesus the Master doing the work of a slave.  Jesus is bending down, putting himself lower than his disciples, washing their feet. Still in many places in Africa the subjects have to be in kneeling position before their chief as a sign of respect and reverence. Yes, Jesus heard his disciples quarrelling, competing for the highest place. While the disciples sought for superiority, Jesus bowed down before them. Paradoxically in his humble posture he revealed who he was: “I am He”, the same title of the Father, a name above all other names. Jesus is the “Lord”! The disciples could only be blessed if they behaved accordingly. Their identity should be that they were those who served and were not to be served!

Another designation with which Jesus wanted his disciples to identify was “those whom he sent”. This is in fact the original meaning of a missionary. An apostle is sent in the name of Jesus himself and not on his own personal initiative. There should therefore be no room for competition.  Jesus the Sender of the apostles is also Sent, by the Father. “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (Jn 20:21). The motive of the sending is Love that saves. God so loved the world that he sent his only Son that those who believe in him receive eternal life (Jn 3:15). Jesus expected that those he sent should be received in the same way as they would the sender himself.

Many a times, unfortunately, a community as well as its mission are weakened because of the quarrelling among its members and competition among its leaders. Could it be the reason why John put the “washing of the feet” in the limelight as he recorded the Last Supper? (Fr. Xene Sanchez, SVD Congo, Africa Bible Diary 2016)

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JOHN 13:16-20: THURSDAY’S GOSPEL FOR REFLECTION

Mike Harrison

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (To the Greater Glory of God)

For: Thursday, April 29, 2010

4th Week of Easter

Memorial: St Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor

From: John 13:16-20

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

 (Jesus said to His disciples,) [16] “Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not

greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. [17]

If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. [18] I am not speaking

to you all; I know whom I have chosen; it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He

who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ [19] I tell you this now, before it

takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am He. [20] Tru-

ly, truly, I say to you, he who receives any man whom I send receives Me; and

he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”

Commentary:

15-17. Jesus’ whole life was an example of service towards men, fulfilling His Fa-

ther’s will to the point of dying on the Cross. Here our Lord promises us that if we

imitate Him, our Teacher, in disinterested service (which always implies sacrifice),

we will find true happiness which no one can wrest from us (cf. 16:22; 17:13). “‘I

have given you an example’, He tells His disciples after washing their feet, on the

night of the Last Supper. Let us reject from our hearts any pride, any ambition,

any desire to dominate; and peace and joy will reign around us and within us, as

a consequence of our personal sacrifice” (St. J. Escriva, “Christ Is Passing By”,

94).

18. Lifting one’s heel against someone means hitting him brutally; metaphorically,

therefore, it means violent enmity. Judas’ treachery fulfills the words of Psalm 41:

10 where the psalmist complains bitterly of a friend’s treachery. Once again the

Old Testament prefigures events which find their full expression in the New.

Through Baptism, the Christian has become a son of God and is called to share

in God’s good things, not only in Heaven but also on earth: He has received grace,

he shares in the Eucharistic Banquet…, he shares with his brethren, other Chris-

tians, the friendship of Jesus. Therefore, if a person sins who has been born again

through Baptism, in some sense his is a sort of treachery similar to Judas’. How-

ever, we have the recourse of repentance: if we trust in God’s mercy we can set

about recovering our friendship with God.

“React. Listen to what the Holy Spirit tells you: ‘”Si inimicus meus maledixisset

mihi, sustinuissem utique”‘. If it were the enemy who insulted me, I could put up

with that. But you…'”tu vero homo unanimis, dux meus, et notus meus, qui simul

mecum dulces capiebas cibos”‘: you, My friend, My Apostle, who sit at My table

and take sweet food with Me!” (St. J. Escriva, “The Way”, 244)

19. Jesus tells the Apostles in advance about Judas’ treachery, so that when they

see Christ’s predictions come true, they will realize He has divine knowledge and

that in Him are fulfilled the Scriptures of the Old Testament (cf. John 2:22). On the

words “I am”, cf. note on John 8:21-24.

Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the

Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of

the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and

by Scepter Publishers in the United States. We encourage readers to purchase

The Navarre Bible for personal study. See Scepter Publishers for details.

“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” — St Jerome

“The Father uttered one Word; that Word is His Son, and He utters Him forever

in everlasting silence: and in silence the soul has to hear it.

— St John of the Cross

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (To the Greater Glory of God)

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If you do it because no one else will, it’s a job.

If you are doing it to serve the Lord, it’s a ministry.

If you do it just enough to get by, it’s a job.

If you do it to the best of your ability, it’s a ministry.

If you quite because someone criticized you, it was a job

If you keep serving, it’s a ministry

If you quit because no one praised you, it was a job

If you do it because you think it needs to be done, it’s a ministry.

It is hard to get excited about a job

It’s almost impossible not to get excited about a ministry

Average churches are filled with many people, doing many jobs

Great churches are filled with many people who are involved in ministry

If your concern is just success, it’s a job

If your concern is faithfulness to God            , it’s a ministry.

People may say, “Well done,” when you do your job

The Lord will say, “Well done,” when you complete your ministry. (Bethany Beach Newsletter)

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There are three kinds of Christians who respond to the call of service: 1) rowboat Christians – they have to be pushed wherever they go; 2) sailboat Christians – they always go with the wind; 3) steamboat Christians – they make up their mind where they ought to go and go there regardless of wind or weather. (The Speaker’s Quote Book by Roy B. Zuck p. 349)

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Reflection: Are you afraid of sufferings and betrayal? In His humanity Jesus was also afraid of sufferings and betrayal. But His fears did not prevent Him from achieving His salvific mission. It even further strengthened His resolve to move-on and do His mission. Jesus never gave-up no matter how hard the odds against Him for He knew that He has a mission to achieve. And He also knew that after He is through with His sufferings there shall be triumph and glorious resurrection.

Marriage starts like a rose garden it seems that everything is rosy and sweet. But after a period of time problems will crop-up, there shall be sufferings and betrayal of vows. So what must we do? Should we simply walk-away with our heads bowed in defeat? Or we stay, bear the sufferings/betrayal and fight for the sanctity of the marriage covenant.

We must stay and fight for the sanctity of the marriage covenant. Let us remember that Jesus remained with His mission notwithstanding the sufferings and betrayal. What if Jesus simply gave-up and walked-away from His mission of salvation? Anyway He’s God and powerful but He remained for His love for God and for all of us.

Many married couples nowadays chose the easy way out when testing comes to their marriage. They choose to simply walk-away from their marriage covenant, they simply walk-away notwithstanding the welfare of their children.

Jesus never walked-away from His sufferings and betrayals, He faced it and triumphed over it! (Marino J. Dasmarinas)

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 Reflection for April 30, Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter; John 13:16-20 Reflection: What is the weakness of many followers of Jesus? It’s to act and behave as if they are bigger than Jesus. This is the failing of many who are followers of Jesus. But a true follower doesn’t aspire to become somebody, doesn’t aspire to raise himself in the pedestal of prominence.

He/she is simply content to become a nobody in the vast ocean of humanity who follow Jesus. He/she works tirelessly and silently with the end in mind that they have to advance the goodness of Jesus in this world.

In the gospel, Jesus washed His disciple’s feet. Was this a simple ritual done by Jesus? Or there was a silent message for His disciples and for us as well. What lies beneath the act of washing His disciple’s feet is the message of humility. For they would not be productive in their mission without humility. And they would not be able to attract others to the faith without humility.

If we say that we are followers of Jesus it is also expected that we would be humble at all times. Never arrogant, never overbearing but always humble even if others are not. For this is what separates true followers from opportunist followers of Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Reflection for April 21, Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter; John 13:16-20

Reflection: Are you afraid of sufferings and betrayal? In His humanity Jesus was also afraid of sufferings and betrayal. But His fears did not prevent Him from achieving His salvific mission. It even further strengthened His resolve to move-on amidst the difficulty of His mission. Jesus never gave-up no matter how hard the odds against Him for He knew that He had a mission to achieve.

Marriage starts like a rose garden it seems that everything is rosy and sweet. But after a period of time problems will crop-up, there shall be sufferings and betrayal of vows. So what must we do? Should we simply walk-away with our heads bowed in defeat? Or we stay, bear the sufferings/betrayal and fight for the sanctity of the marriage covenant.

We must stay and fight for the sanctity of the marriage covenant. Let us remember that Jesus remained with His mission notwithstanding the sufferings and betrayals. What if Jesus simply gave-up and walked-away from His mission of salvation? Anyway He’s God and powerful but He remained for His love for God and for all of us.

Many married couples nowadays choose the easy way out when testing comes to their marriage. They choose to betray and eventually walk-away from their marriage covenant. They simply walk-away notwithstanding their sacred vows and the welfare of their children.

Jesus never walked-away from His responsibilities, sufferings and betrayals, He faced it all and triumphed over it! – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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CHOOSE TO BELIEVE: “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am.” – John 13:19

My dad was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. After hearing the news, I thought to myself, “Not again, God.”

My mom passed away when I was 16, and I couldn’t bear the thought of Dad having a terminal disease.

Praying as a family was our way of dealing with Dad’s condition. During one of our prayer gatherings, my aunt shared with us that God had given her a vision. She saw a thumb massaging a mass of flesh as the latter slowly disappeared.

It was comforting to hear that a miracle was taking place, but it was hard to believe. But God was faithful to His promise. After a month of undergoing radiation treatment, the stage 3 mass in Dad’s colon totally disappeared. The doctors were amazed that not a trace of cancer could be found.

In the Gospel, Jesus prophesied to the disciples so they may believe in Him even more. He didn’t focus on the feeling of betrayal or fear of what is to happen. Instead, He made use of the moment to reveal Himself as a God who is in control of all situations — past, present and future. God knows exactly how to wow us! Today, He reminds us of His greatness. He calls us to believe. Pia Angelica Suiza (piasuiza@yahoo.com)

Reflection: What are the miracles or revelations that God has performed in your life?

Lord God, I choose to believe in You today. Give me the humility I need so I may grow in my faith in You day by day. Amen.

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1ST READING: Paul is careful to link his proclamation of the Gospel to what the people know of the Old Covenant. This indicates there must have been a considerable number of Jews in his audience. Paul was not just concerned with evangelizing the Gentiles. He loved his fellow Jews and wanted them to be saved as well (see Romans 9-11). We also need to care for the whole mission of the Church and not just the portion in which we are presently involved. Acts 13:13-25

GOSPEL: At the heart of the Gospel message is the call to serve. Jesus expressed it best when He stated that He came to serve and not to be served. There are too many people today who have a sense of entitlement about various things including the gift of salvation. The Scriptures are very clear that we will have to work out our salvation in fear and trembling. Nothing is a done deal such that we deserve anything. We need to work hard for the worthwhile things of life even if the primary mode of receiving them has to do with grace and gift. John 13:16-20

think: We need to work hard for the worthwhile things of life.

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THE CHURCH IS HIERARCHICAL: Whenever there is authority involved, there is always a hierarchy. The degree to which the hierarchy is prominent or not largely depends on how authority is exercised. Is it exercised from above as a means to command others to do things, or is it implemented with love in and through the natural network of relationships that exist in everyone’s lives?

Christ is an example of the latter. Too often, the way we exercise authority in our human organizations reflects the former. What can we do about the exercise of authority in the Church?

Ultimately, the Pope exercises the ultimate authority in the Church, under the guidance of and in submission to Christ. This is why I particularly like one of the traditional titles of the Pope namely, “Servant of the Servants of God.” This title catches something of the reality that we need to see in the exercise of authority within the Church. It is neither self-seeking nor self-aggrandizing; it must always be exercised in the service of others and, in particular, service of the poor.

The example of Jesus’ life is paramount here. He came to serve and not to be served. We ought to reflect upon this truth as it tells us the nature of His motivation as well as the expression of the service He performs. This is what we see expressed in His ministry, passion, death and resurrection. As such, Jesus is the primary model of service; Mary and the saints follow His perfect example and become models that we can look up to for inspiration. This is why it is important that we know about the lives of the saints. Sure, you can tell me about your favorite sports person or actor. What about the life of your favorite saint — if you have one?

As we continue in the spirit of the Easter season, let us embrace the grace of the resurrection and its power to help us lay down our lives in the service of the Church and one another. Let us not miss the grace and opportunity that God is giving us to serve. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: When was the last time you took a serious look at the service that you offer to the Church? Can you do more? Should you do more?

Holy Spirit, grant me the grace of a servant’s heart so that I will never lose sight of the call to place my life at Your feet in the service of the Kingdom of God.

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DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY? – “… Whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” – John 13:20

“It’s very difficult to be unhappywhen life has meaning.”

I got this phrase from Father Dennis Paez’s homily in a singles’ retreat organized by the Makati Feast. He said that if you know your purpose, you can never be unhappy, even if you try.

I started attending prayer meetings at a young age because someone was bold enough to invite me. At first, I was too embarrassed to invite my friends to join the prayer meetings because I didn’t want to be mocked at and labelled as corny.

Then, as I matured in my spiritual life, I heard the Lord telling me deep in my heart, “I don’t want you to just invite people. I want you to bring the light to the people around you.”

Once I reflected on this, I did my part in becoming the best I could be. I began my day by asking Him to bless the work that I’d be doing. I still experience the same problems as before but what changed is that I go through these trials with a smile in my heart.

I believe that this disposition radiates to the people I work with and they appreciate the light I bring to them — the light that comes from God. Jan Carlo Silan (jan@makatifeast.com)

Reflection: Do you share God’s love to the people you work with?  Do you reflect Jesus to the people you meet?

Lord, You are my source of happiness and hope. Fill me so that I can share this love to others. Amen.

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MASTERS AND SERVANTS – Jesus reminds us that a servant is never greater than his master. This is always true in the Christian life. Though Jesus says in one of the Gospels that we will do greater things than He did, we will never surpass Him in importance or holiness. Jesus alone can save anyone from sin. No human being, no matter how holy he or she may become, will never be able to save a person from sin. Let us never be so arrogant to think we know better than Jesus does on a given topic. God and His Word reign supreme when it comes to spirituality, doctrine and morality.

We also need to be aware that when we disciple people, there will be a big fallout rate. We are told that many disciples of Jesus left Him because His teaching was difficult (John 6:60). Discipleship ultimately depends on the decisions of the disciple. The grace is always there, as Jesus promised. The question posed to us is whether we will take up the radical grace of living in the Kingdom of God or we will insist on staying within the kingdom of the world.

It is the grace of God that will enable us to be His disciples. However, we will fail in that goal if we allow our inordinate desires for the things of the world to dominate our lives. There is nothing wrong with having a nice house or enjoying a good meal. The problem comes when we become inordinately attached to such things to the point that we are governed by these desires rather than our desire for a relationship with Jesus and to live in the Kingdom of God.Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTION: Examine the movements within your heart each day so that you can identify sin before it overpowers you. What desires dominate your heart — those of the world or the Kingdom of God?

Holy Spirit, help me to be without deceit within my own self. Let me be honest with myself as I reflect on the things that are important to me. Amen.

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A Life of Service

April 30, 2015 (readings)

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 13:16-20

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the scripture might be fulfilled, The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me. From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are God. I believe that you became man, suffered, died, rose from the dead and ascended in heaven. I believe that you sent us the Holy Spirit to guide us along our earthly journey towards your heavenly Kingdom. Thank you for your infinite, unconditional love. Thank you for showing me the way. I place all my trust in you and yearn to love you more each day.

Petition: Lord Jesus, make me prefer to serve rather than be served.

  1. The Teacher:The disciples called Jesus “Master” during his lifetime. Many others did too –– and rightfully so –– because Jesus is the Master. The third time St. Peter saw the Lord after the Resurrection, he confessed: “Lord, you know everything” (John 21:17). And even if it meant accepting difficult growth lessons in life, St. Peter was able to accept humbly that Christ truly was Master, that he does know all. In contemplating Christ, we must try to remember who it is who is speaking, acting, working miracles, suffering, working and instructing. It is God, the Master of all: a man like us, yes, but also God, holding the keys to all things.
  2. The Disciple:The master became a slave. God served men. We can only bow in humble adoration knowing that our all-powerful God came to earth to serve us. Time and time again Christ gives his disciples an example of their own mission: to serve others. Love God by serving others; live like Jesus by humbly submitting to God’s will. This is the essence of Christianity: to live a life of humble service with all people, especially with those we find it most difficult to serve. One word captures it: charity.
  3. The Blessing:Christ invites us to serve. Being a servant to others is not easy, because it means we have to be humble. It was not easy for Christ either, but he had a motivation: to love and save us. Serving is a blessing –– even in those situations when our passions flare up and we would like to justify ourselves –– because we can love. Love transforms our world; it transforms hearts and allows the grace of God to touch the depths of the soul. If we have love for souls as our motivation to serve, every opportunity we have to live as servants becomes a blessing, a blessing to live like the Master who came to serve and not be served and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, help me this day to imitate you as a humble servant of all. Inflame my heart with a great zeal for souls so that in every moment I may desire to bring your love to others.

Resolution: I will do a concrete act of charity today for someone in need.

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THURSDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR B) – JUAN 13:16-20. UNSAY MAHITABO KON ANG TAWO MAGPAKAGINOO? Ang maong tawo magdala og daghang kasakit tungod kay siya mahimong mapahitas-on, dili mosangpit og Ginoo ug magdaugdaog sa iyang isigkatawo. Wala siyay kahadlokan ni pagtahud sa uban, bisan sa mga tigulang. Dili siya makamaong malooy ni motabang sa silingan; gusto lang niya nga siya ang alagaran. Sa ebanghelyo si Kristo nagpahinumdum kanato, “Walay sulugoon nga mas labaw pa kaysa iyang agalon, ug walay sinugo nga molabaw pa kaysa nagsugo kaniya.” Ang tawo nga makasabot niini magdala og kalipay tungod kay magmapaubsanon siya kanunay. Nasayod siya nga adunay Ginoo nga maoy tag-iya sa tanan, ang Dios nga mao lamay angay simbahon ug silbihan. Nindot ang giingon: “Humility is not just declaring you are not God. It is deciding daily to not be God.”

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

THURSDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR C) – JUAN 13:16-20. UNSAY MAHITABO KON ANG TAWO MAGPAKAGINOO? Ang maong tawo magdala og daghang kasakit tungod kay siya mahimong mapahitas-on, dili mosangpit og Dios, ug magdaugdaog sa iyang isigkatawo. Wala siyay kahadlokan ni pagtahud sa uban, bisan sa mga tigulang. Dili siya makamaong malooy ni motabang sa silingan; gusto lang niya nga siya ang alagaran. Sa ebanghelyo si Kristo nagpahinumdum kanato, “Walay sulugoon nga mas labaw pa kaysa iyang agalon, ug walay sinugo nga molabaw pa kaysa nagsugo kaniya.” Ang tawo nga makasabot niini magdalag kalipay tungod kay magmapaubsanon siya kanunay. Nasayod siya nga adunay Ginoo nga maoy tag-iya sa tanan, ang Dios nga mao lamay angay simbahon ug silbihan. Nindot ang giingon: “Humility is not just declaring you are not God. It is deciding daily to not be God.” Posted by Abet Uy

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April 21, 2016

REFLECTION: We see in a few verses preceding today’s first reading that a young man named John “who is called Mark” and whose mother resided in Jerusalem, was associated with Bar­nabas and Paul at one point (Acts 12:12, 25). Now we learn from Col 4:10 that Mark was a cousin of Barnabas, which explains why the latter is keen on bringing him along on Paul’s and Barnabas’ First Missionary Journey (Acts 13:5). However, as we are told in today’s first reading, young Mark got homesick in mid-trip and returned to his Mom in Jerusalem. End of Act I.

Act II begins with Barnabas wanting to take along Mark on their Second Missionary Journey (Acts 16:36-39), but Paul refused, and he and Barnabas henceforth parted ways, Barnabas working with his young cousin. End of Act II.

In Act III, we see a more mature Mark having reconciled with Paul and, in fact, having become one of Paul’s “co-workers” (Plm 24) and “helpful in the ministry” (2 Tim 4:11).

In conclusion, Barnabas saw in Mark a potential that Paul could not see. He believed that his young and immature cousin could grow up into a fine apostle. Barnabas was right. With a bit of trust in them, some young people can develop beautifully.

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