Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter

John 21:20-25

The Beloved Disciple


The readings of the day before Pentecost seem to have sour endings. In the final verses of Acts of the Apostles, we read about St. Paul being imprisoned in Rome. Likewise, in the final verses of the gospel of John, Jesus predicts the death of two favorite apostles: (Peter (21:18-19) and the Beloved Disciples (21:23). Peter and Paul died a martyr’s death in Rome. The beloved Disciple, although he did not die a martyr’s death, was a martyr too! “It is this disciple who testified these things,” (v. 24). The word “testify” or “witness” in Greek is marturien from which the English word “martyr” comes. These apostles testified to their faith until death. As they were being tried before the Jewish council, Peter and the apostles defended themselves saying: “We are witnesses to these things and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him,” (5:32). The Holy Spirit is also a witness, a martyr! It is the Holy Spirit that enables one to give witness to Christ.

We do not run out of martyrs in the Church. There are those who like, peter and Paul, bore witness to Jesus and His message by shedding their blood. Their blood nourished the life of the Church. Some years ago, a diocesan priest in Dasmarinas, Cavite, Fr. Jess Palileo, was assassinated because he denounced the evil of drug addiction. His death brought to “life” the message of Jesus (John 10:10). There are those who bear witness to Jesus like the beloved Disciple. They live ordinary lives in extraordinary ways. Our six catechists who teach 2,000 elementary kinds about Jesus in Bautista Elementary School are our modern beloved disciples in our mission center. They too are martyrs! Their sweat waters the roots of the Church. (Randy Flores, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


The gospel presents to us two contrasting values: love on the one and betrayal on the other. These two contrasting values had been present throughout history. Betrayal had made and unmade kings, emperors and presidents and even the Son of Man had not been spared from this. Husbands and wives are in constant threat of betraying each other, children are susceptible to betraying their parents and friends and even the religious are plagued by it. It is a pervasive force that seeps through homes, schools, factories, offices, seminaries and convents. On the other hand, love had always been the source of joy, peace and hope throughout history and the Son of man had shown that love can overcome betrayal.

In our present time these two forces are still present. In our day-to-day life we experience betrayal and love. Yet, sometimes the pain of being loved, yes, it is but human to feel the pain of being betrayed but it is more Christian to feel the joy of love even in a state of pain. (Frt. Regino Antonio N.Penamora, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


Annie was my pupil in a Sunday school, some 15 years ago. One day she surprised me by calling up and announcing that she was getting married. She wanted me to officiate at her wedding. But first she begged me to see her the day before the wedding, for she wanted to tell me something very important. When we met, she tearfully admitted that since I left the Sunday school, she felt very bad and never went to church again, until the wedding. Asked why, she simply said that she was so happy during those times in Sunday school. Then I disappeared. Her faith also disappeared.

Looking back I started examining my conscience. Did I preach Christ to these kids or make myself the center of our catechism? Did I teach them to love Christ, or unwittingly make myself the object of their love?

A commentary in the pastoral edition of the Bible has this to say: “if we should love….because this is the only commandment, we will achieve nothing, because each one understands love in his own way, while not having interiorized the thinking of Christ. We need to receive from the source of all love the ability to love selflessly. Christ asks us to first share His thinking. Thus we become His friends. Later we will produce the authentic fruit of love, whose source is Christ.”

If there was something I have learned from Annie, it is that I ought to love the way Christ wants to love, not the way I want to. (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2005)


The readings of today remind me of two sayings: “Curiosity kills the car” and “All’s well that ends well.” The first indicates that sometimes curiosity can be harmful. Trying to know things about other people which is none of our business can be harmful to our relationship with them. People have a right to privacy. Jesus had just hinted that Peter would follow the same kind of death He himself had endured. Then Peter asked: “What about John?” Jesus answered with a sharp question: “What concern is that of yours?” In other words, that is none of your business. When ,as prefect in the seminary, I would reprimand one student caught for an infraction of the rule, he would usually answer: “what about the others?” We will not be judged in comparison with others, for Jesus said: “Be merciful as your Father is merciful,” (Luke 6:36). We are neither given equal abilities nor equal tasks. What is expected of us is to do what God wants of us that we use the talents and opportunities given to us.

Today is the day of endings. “All’s well that ends well.” It is the end of the last weekday of the Easter season. We read the last words of the Acts which conclude rather abruptly with Paul under house arrest in Rome. It was in Rome where, according to tradition, both Peter and Paul were later executed which then became the center of the church. We read also the last words of the Gospel according to St. John. He reminds us that many deeds and words of Jesus were left unwritten, thus not answering all our curious questions. He left it up to His followers to write the rest of the gospel with their own blood and sweat, guided by His spirit. It is up to us to continue. (Fr. Jim Risse, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


The gospel reading contains the very last words of the last of the four gospels, the Gospel of John. The Risen Lord appears to two acknowledged leaders of the early Church, Peter and the Beloved Disciple. This unnamed disciple tells us that he wrote this gospel as his testimony and that “There are also many other things that Jesus did” but were no longer recorded. What could these be?

We can think here of a beautiful saying of Jesus quoted by St. Paul but not recorded in any of the four gospels. In reminding the leaders of the Christian community about their charity toward the poor, St. Paul says: “We must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for Himself said, ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive,” (Acts 20:35). There’s an anecdote though about a boy who boasts that his father has been living this teaching of Jesus even in his work, giving rather than receiving. Asked what his father’s job is, the boy responds: “He’s a professional boxer!” Joking aside, we witness until today many Christians living these words of wisdom.

The so-called Gospel of Thomas, written around 100-110 AD, although it is not part of our Sacred Scripture, could have preserved some earliest traditions of the teachings of Jesus not found in the four gospels. Here’s an example: Jesus’ teaching on wise fishing: “The human being is like a fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fishermen discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea and easily chose the larger fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!” If we follow this, there will be no more illegal fishing and our seas and rivers would be teeming with life. (Fr. Randolf C. Flores, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


As we end the season of Easter, we remind ourselves what this season is for. The appearances of Jesus make us recall not only what He did to gain our salvation but also empowered each and everyone of us His disciples to do what He has done and to bear fruit that would merit eternal life.\in one corner of Christ the King Seminary for the religious these words are written to describe the lives of those who are buried there: “To work gladly for God; to glow with zeal for the glory of God; to rest deep in the heart of God!” these words could also be an appropriate summary of Paul’s attitude to ministry as we read in the Acts of the Apostles: “The Lord is just. He loves just deeds; the upright shall see His face!” These words also offer a lot of comfort as I remember my brother William who passed away suddenly at a young age of fifty-one.

During the Liturgy of the Word, the night before his cremation, his friends who came in groups recalled with fondest memories the many things that he had shared with them and those whose lives he touched.

There had been so many things that had been said. Together with those left unsaid and unwritten, like the life story of Jesus, we are thankful for the “good news” that William had been to us. And now, we rest content with the knowledge that he now intercedes for us and also prepares for us a place where we too shall see the face of God. (Fr. Raymond Soriano, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


I have read a story from a book written by Fr. Bel San Luis, SVD. The story is about a philosophy teacher who expounds a glass of water: “This is a glass of water. But is it a glass of water? And if it a glass of water, why is it a glass of water?” he keeps on philosophizing that he eventually faints of thirst!

Oftentimes we find ourselves preoccupied with too many concerns of living. We spend so much time worrying about the nonessentials in life. We forget that there is only one important thing in life and that is to follow the path of the Lord. In the gospel for today, Christ says, “What concern it is of yours? You follow me.” And as the song goes, “Seek first the kingdom of God and all the rest will fall in line.”

When I first arrived in Korea for my mission nineteen years ago I was so worried about what would I do in a country awash with material wealth and with a very dynamic Church with numerous priests and nuns to take care of the faithful? I kept on worrying that I might contribute nothing to the Church of Korea. Faced with the daunting task of learning a different language and adapt to an entirely new cultural environment, I thought I would not last more than three years in the country. Then I got reminded: why do I have to worry about all these things when my purpose in coming to Korea is to follow the will of God. By God’s grace I have lasted for 19 long years in this mission land.

The purpose of our existence is to follow the will of God and to praise His name. Nothing else is more important. Everything else will find its way if we focus on Him. He is the way, the truth and the life. Whoever believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life. (Fr. Eugene Docoy, SVD Bible Diary 2009)


May 14, 2016 Saturday

Prior to meeting Jesus, the apostles surely had their own plans in life. Jesus came, called and gave them an alternative: a new life-changing vision, mission and goal. Except Judas, they followed Jesus to the end and succeeded with flying colors, including Matthias whose feast we celebrate today. How they succeeded in pursuing a way of life which was not originally theirs is a difficult riddle to solve.

I never wanted to become a priest. First I wanted to become a lawyer but later relented to civil engineering with a complete plan of life to pursue – to establish my own construction firm with me as CEO and to support a wife and 12 kids in a life of luxury.

Jesus’ alternative was not as attractive as my plan but I relinquished my own and pursued his offer. It was not easy to understand what went on inside me. Introspection uncovered my secret to living a happy priestly life: a basic instinct to obey which I acquired from family training. With obedience, a celibate and poor life is less difficult to live.

My original plan of a family of 14 living a life of luxury lingers on. Sometimes the force of that call strikes strongly to the point of crisis. I am very con dent, though, that Jesus supports me absolutely, so, NO FEAR.

As Jesus called and personally took care of the apostles, so too, he called and personally took care of me. As he calls you to your own vocation, he will also take care of you. All we have to do is obey without reservation. (Fr. Rodrigo Salac, SVD HNU, Tagbilaran City, Bohol Bible 2016)


Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter (Year B) – Juan 21:20-25. Angay ba kitang masina sa kahimtang sa uban? Diha sa ebanghelyo, si Pedro nangutana kang Jesus kon unsay mahitabo sa tinun-an nga iyang pinalangga. Sa wala pa kini mahitabo, gipanagna ni Jesus ang umaabot nga kasakit nga masinati ni Pedro. Labing siguro nakapangutana si Pedro, “Ako lang ba diay ang pagasakiton Ginoo? Siya diay?” Apan giingna siya ni Jesus, “Kon tugotan ko siyang mabuhi hangtod sa akong pagbalik, unsa may labot mo niini. Sunod kanako.” Atong masabtan sa mga pulong ni Jesus nga dili siya buot nga masina kita sa usag-usa. Ang tanan anaa sa kamot sa Ginoo. Siya maoy labing nasayod unsa ang maayo para kanato. Ang atong papel mao ang pagsunod sa iyang panig-ingnan. (Fr. Abet Uy –


SATURDAY OF THE 7TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR B) – JUAN 21:20-25. ANGAY BA KITANG MASINA SA KAHIMTANG SA UBAN? Si Pedro nangutana kang Hesus kon unsay mahitabo kang Juan, ang pinalanggang tinun-an. Sa wala pa kini mahitabo, gipanagna ni Hesus ang umaabot nga kasakit nga masinati ni Pedro. Labing siguro nakapangutana si Pedro, “Ako lang ba diay ang pagasakiton Ginoo? Siya diay?” Apan giingnan siya ni Hesus, “Kon tugotan ko siyang mabuhi hangtod sa akong pagbalik, unsa may labot mo niini.  Sunod kanako.” Atong masabtan sa mga pulong ni Hesus nga dili siya buot nga masina kita sa usag-usa. Ang tanan iyang pinangga ug ang tanan gitawag nga mosunod kaniya bisan sa malisod nga dalan. Ang dakong hagit mao ang pagsalig. Nindot ang tambag sa usa ka magsusulat: “God is God. He knows what He is doing. When you can’t trace His hand, trust his Heart.” Posted by Abet Uy


Three Kinds of Envy and Four Ways How to Get Rid: Roland Sacristan, Yahoo Contributor Network Oct 23, 2012,

Envy as defined by dictionary, it is a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to other’s advantages, success, possessions, etc. Envy is often covered by fake congratulatory message and humility. This is present to everyone. One cannot deny that he had not envied someone’s new touch-screen cell phone, laptop computer, expensive bracelet, and even academic and sports trophies.

Why do we envy? I believe we envy because of our immature emotional weaknesses that are associated to jealousy caused by inferiority. Indeed, it is a negative thing we must get rid of. This instability of emotions will lead us to depression and even severe psychological problems.

We have different forms of envy. These are as follows:

  • Envy to Possession. Superiority in material belongings widens the eyes of inferiors. These inferiors wish of having also what other people just have thus often than not will cause evilic actions to be done just to hand a particular thing.
  • Envy to Social Status. Poor people situated in small houses envy those who live in a mansion. That we cannot blame. Education also has become a risk in this form of envy. Many poor students want to pursue their studies but some of rich students don’t want to. There seem to be a problem of opportunity-sharing. Many of these students reason out that poverty is the main reason of not attending school.
  • Envy to Skills and Talents. There are people who are gifted by skills and talents. These gifts lift up their chins making them look over to others and can only see people of the same level. However, there are a number of people who finds skills and talents as the things they unfortunately don’t have. In a way these intimidated individuals see no room for them.

Envy makes a lot of things going crazy here are some tips of getting rid out of it:

  • Stop Comparing. Comparing totally different things is one of the funniest things we people always do. Each of us is unique. We need not to compare ourselves to others. Acceptance is the key here. There are always people superior to us but there are also people inferior to us. Just put yourself in the middle being there you feel light and happy.
  • Focus on your Assets. Each of us is special. We have distinct capabilities to showcase. Focus on them not unto our flaws.
  • Focus on Positive Things. All your doubts and insecurities should be trashed away for in the end you find them all pointless. Focus rather on useful and positive ones.
  • Enjoy. Live your life. You are given one not to compare this to other. Be contented and just live life to the fullest.

Not all what you want, you can get. There are just things we can’t get even though we wanted it so much and even do we exerted effort to hand it. If we can’t, no reasons to put envy in ourselves, let go and there are other great things we deserve more than that thing.


5 Ways To Get Rid Of Your Envy: Are you jealous of your friends or the people around you? Cosmo gives you five ways to get over your inggit. Posted on February 24, 2010 by Claire Betita-Samson

Sometimes you can’t help wanting what you don’t have, but like that Rolling Stones song goes, you can’t always get what you want. Don’t let your envy get the best of you. Here are five things that will help you get over your pagka-inggitera.

  • Stop it, ASAP. “Halt as soon as you become aware of your envy,” advises psychologist George Bishop, Ph.D. “Do not, on impulse, make actions or adopt attitudes that work against yourself.”
  • Focus on your own unique qualities. Make the most of what you have, and enjoy it! Learn to like what you have. And, believe in yourself. “A solid belief in one’s own abilities increased life satisfaction by 40 per cent,” says David Niven, Ph.D., psychologist and author of 100 Simple Secrets of Being Happy.
  • Extend your comparison. “When we feel envious, we often concentrate only on one aspect of ourselves,” explains Bishop. You may feel envious of your friend who’s now working abroad, living in a foreign city, and earning quadruple your salary. What you don’t know is that she may actually be lonely and overworked—and that you’re actually better off.
  • Spend time with the person you envy. Yes, you read right. Go on over to the “enemy.” This way, you get to see the whole picture and may find out that there is less to envy than what you originally perceived. “By associating with those we envy, we come to see the whole of their lives, not just the parts we covet,” says Bishop. “We might discover that they have flaws and weaknesses elsewhere.”
  • Turn off the TV. “Watching too much TV can triple our hunger for more possessions, while reducing our personal contentment by 5 per cent for every hour a day we watch,” says Niven.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Reflection for May 14, Saturday Saint Matthias, Apostle; John 15:9-17

Reflection: A newlywed couple promised to bring to their graves their marriage vows:  For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part, they said. But the irony is, after having one child and being together for two years they separated already. What happened to their promise of undying love for each other? What will happen to their only child?

Nowadays, many of us have a very shallow understanding of love, it’s not anymore undying love or sacrificial love. But love based on convenience, love based on what I can have and what I can possess. The word love has been stripped of its real value. This is the reason why we see married couples flirting with their officemates and friends just to vent out their lust and immoral desire for each other.

This is the distressing reality right now that’s why we find young couples even middle-aged couples separating. For the self-serving reason that they are not anymore happy with their marriage. Are they really not happy in their marriage or they just want to satisfy their own selfish and immoral desires?

Jesus in the gospel commands us to love one another. This love is not based on selfish needs, neither based on convenience. This love is anchored on fidelity, sacrifice, self-giving and trust. This is the reason why the love of Jesus for us is most appropriate to incorporate in our married lives. If we have the love of Jesus will stay with our marriage no matter what and we will pray to Jesus for guidance and enlightenment.

Let us remember that Jesus doesn’t give-up on us. He keeps on loving us. He keeps on knocking in our hearts no matter how wayward or sinful we are. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


You Follow Me

May 23, 2015 (readings)

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Father Paul Campbell, LC

John 21:20-25

Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?” It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in you and all that you have revealed for our salvation. I hope in you because of your overflowing mercy. Every single act of yours on this earth demonstrated your love for us. Your ascent into heaven before the eyes of the Apostles inspires my hope of one day joining you there. I love you and wish you to be the center of my life.

Petition: Lord, increase my faith, hope and love.

  1. The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved:Peter is walking with Jesus along the shore where Jesus has just foretold his future martyrdom. He turns to ask Jesus about John, who was following them. Throughout his Gospel, John designates himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. It is as if the most striking point of John’s life and experience with Christ was that Jesus loved him. It became his identity. How often do I reflect on Christ’s love for me? How often do I cherish it?
  2. What About Him?Jesus responds to Peter’s question with a question of his own. What concern is it of yours what happens to John? Christ’s relationship with his disciples is deeply personal. Each has a mission to complete in life. We can get distracted thinking about and comparing ourselves to others, or whether they may or may not be following Christ. However, these comparisons with others (or their gifts, or their mission) can frequently be a sign of our pride. We have our own mission to fulfill, and no one can take our place. We need to concentrate instead on that part of our mission which is still ahead of us, yet to be fulfilled.
  3. We Know That His Testimony Is True:John is a witness to all that has taken place in his Gospel. His testimony was entrusted to a community of believers and has come down to us under the guarantee of the Church. The Gospel presents us with what Jesus actually said and did. We need to hold fast to our faith in the Gospel and not get sidetracked by modern interpretations that cast doubt on everything. When we read the scriptures we hear God’s voice. Do I read them with such faith?

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, thank you for the testimony of your life that I find in the Gospel. Increase my faith. Help me to read the Scriptures and meditate on them with greater fervor. I know that you want to speak to me through them. Help me to follow you today.

Resolution: Today I will help another person  read a passage of the Gospel prayerfully.


One Bread, One Body – Reflection for May 23, 2015


“Follow Me.” –John 21:22

The Holy Spirit comes to confirm us – to make us strong and faithful to the Lord. Before Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were like chameleons. Their commitment to Jesus changed according to the circumstances. For example, they said they would never disown Christ (Mt 26:35), but they all deserted Him in the Garden of Gethsemani (Mt 26:56). Jesus commanded St. Peter to follow Him, but Peter was more concerned about what other people were doing or not doing (Jn 21:21). Only by the power of the Spirit can we be faithful to the Lord.

St. Paul began in the Spirit and ended in the Spirit. From the day of his conversion, Paul proclaimed the kingdom of God. In the last scene of Acts, Paul was still proclaiming God’s kingdom “with full assurance, and without any hindrance whatever” (Acts 28:31). Finally, Paul was martyred, still proclaiming God’s kingdom.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8). We who are disciples of Jesus should also be the same in our commitment to Him. True love is “not alternately ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ ” it is “never anything but ‘yes’ ” (2 Cor 1:19). The Holy Spirit will make you faithful. Come, Holy Spirit of love and faithfulness!

PRAYER: Father, may I never love You less but always love You more.

PROMISE: “There are still many other things that Jesus did, yet if they were written about in detail, I doubt there would be room enough in the entire world to hold the books to record them.” –Jn 21:25

PRAISE: Martin and Rosa recently celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary. They have ministered the love of Jesus to many thousands of people throughout their married life.


OBEDIENCE AND NON-INTERFERENCE – “What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” – John 21:22

In 2013, I was blessed to be invited to talk about St. Peter as a leader. This was in the shrine named after him in Fairview, Quezon City. I shared that, just like him, I am impetuous and I talk fast without sometimes thinking deeply about the issue at hand.

The verse that I chose shows the scene where Peter asks Jesus what will happen to John, the beloved disciple. The Lord rebukes Peter by practically telling him it was none of his business. Then, Jesus says to him, “Follow Me.”

In our pilgrim lives, there might be moments that we might be tempted to ask the Lord what His will is for other people. We tend to compare ourselves to others and expect that what the Lord demands of us is what He’d ask from others, too.

But often, God is not like that. He calls us individually, asking one to serve Him in this way, and asking another to serve in that. It is prudent that we just obey what He tells us to do and not interfere in the purposes He has for others. Grace Princesa (grprincesa

Reflection: Are we interfering or obeying?

Lord, may I always listen to Your still, small voice and not the noise of the world.


May 14, 2016

REFLECTION: In today’s gospel reading Jesus says something about friendship which is worth reflecting upon. He says to his disciples during the Last Supper: “I have called you friends, since I have made known to you every­thing I learned from my Father.” In other words, Jesus tell us, true friends are individuals who trust you enough to share with you their most personal secrets and whom you trust enough to share with them your most personal secrets.

Now everybody wants to have friends. But in order to have friends—real friends, not just drinking buddies or shopping sisters—we must deserve to have them. Which means that we must become capable of keeping other people’s secrets, of accepting people as they are, of being willing to share our own dark secrets with others. St. Thomas Aquinas classifies friendship as a virtue. And it sure is, because in true friendship we practice a lot of virtues (i.e. good habits) such as patience, fidelity to our word, forgiveness, kindness, etc. That is why not many people are willing to become friends, because real friendships are so demanding and so painful to our selfishness. But those who accept the rigors of friendship would not exchange them for all the world. They know they have found a treasure.


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