Monday of the 5th Week of Lent

John 8:12-20

The Light of the World

Alternative gospel if John 8, 1-11 is read on the preceding Sunday..Jn 8, 12-20

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Nobody is quintessentially wicked. Deep in our hearts lives the longing to be good. This longing is often put to silence by disappointments and bitterness. It is also armored. Yes, how tempting it is to build walls around our hearts to make ourselves bulletproof! Even if it’s like that, the heart is still there – it exists! Like spring buds, the longing of the heart only needs the sun for it to blossom. The adulteress experienced that. She was surrounded by accusers who only saw her indiscretion and how she should be, in accordance to the law of Moses (Leviticus 20: 10), condemned to stoning.

They tried to test Jesus by entrusting to him the judgment: “What do you say?” Jesus came up. He was convinced that the longing to be good lives in the heart of this woman. He shows goodness to her, and this goodness allows her to blossom – to claim and live the life, that is almost wasted, anew! There will be new beginnings for her, this time determined by honesty, peace and integrity.

All of us have had bad experiences. Jesus wants us not to get stuck there. Let His words speak to us: “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.” (Fr. Ritch Salinas, SVD | Germany Bible Diary 2016)


 Monday, March 14, 2016

Reflection for March 14, Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent; John 8:12-20

Reflection: Who is the light of your world? Is it Jesus or the things of this world?  Many of us make the things of this world our light. We are motivated to succeed in this world that it becomes our primary  focus. And Jesus becomes our second priority. But the problem of making this world the light of our world is our life in this world is not forever. Even this world will not last forever it can end anytime.

In the gospel, Jesus boldly proclaims to us that He is the light of the world that illuminates each and everyone of us (John 8:12). Some of us know this some of us don’t because we continue to allow ourselves to be lighted by this world.

For those who had been enlightened by the light of Jesus. They have to ensure that this light of Jesus will continue to illuminate others most especially those who don’t know Him fully well. And those who continue to allow themselves to be enslaved by the many things of this world.  Let us therefore allow the proclamation of Jesus that He is the light of the world echo through us: Thru our words and actions.

Who is the light of your life? Is it the insatiable desire for the things of this world or Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas


SHINING HIS LIGHT – Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

We accept this pronouncement of our Lord by recognizing Him as the light of God that reaches humanity. This light makes life possible in the same token as the light of the sun makes life possible on earth. We are alive because we are basking in this light of God. And for man to continue living, he must follow this light. Choosing to live in darkness would spell death.

The Bible is rich with the word “light.” This word always refers to God. Psalm 27 speaks of the theme, “The Lord is my light.” Hence, when Jesus spoke of Himself as the “Light of the world,” He makes once again His claim to divinity. But such claim is not just for the sake of establishing His real identity, but so that those who would see the light may truly follow this light. For He is no ordinary light — He is the light of God whose brightness will bring about life. It is only by following the light that man can live.

When parents and godparents light their candles during the baptism of a child, they are reminded of their responsibility towards the baptized child. The prayer formulary is actually an exhortation: “Parents and godparents, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. He/She is to walk always as a child of the light. May he/she keep the flame of faith alive in his/her heart. When the Lord comes, may he/she go out to meet Him with all the saints in the heavenly Kingdom.”

And so the godparents are advised to be always visible in the life of the child, not just during Christmas when they hand the child their gifts. They are to allow the light of Christ to shine in the child by imparting the teachings of Christ. They, too, are earnestly entreated to let the light of Christ shine in their own lives through a good and moral life so that its brightness may illumine the life of their godchildren. They are to let the light of Christ shine that the child may truly live. Fr. Sandy V. Enhaynes

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: How do you influence the life of your children and godchildren? Is it with the light of Christ?

Grant me the grace to follow Your light in my life, O Lord. And let Your light shine through me. Amen.


Monday, March 14

Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; Jn 8:12-20

Walk in His Light

The background of today’s Gospel scene is in the temple court where to one side we see people lighting the golden lamps that give an artificial light. Opposite to them stands Jesus calling to all involved in the festival of lights: ‘I am the light of the world’. Here he offers himself as the source of life-giving light.

God created light (Gen1:3). The Psalmist sings with joy: ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation’ (Ps 27:1). God went before his people like a pillar of fire (Ex 13:21: Wis 18:3). This same God was present in the temple lighting up their way. The temple, however, has completed its task (Jn 2:13-22).  Now it is to Jesus that we must look to see God’s presence revealed (Jn 2:21). He is the Wisdom incarnate: ‘a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God’ (Wis 7:26) who came to redeem us.

At the feast of Booths the people were celebrating the gift of the Torah as their light, a light that was given them that it might shine out throughout the whole world. Again God says in Sirach (24:32): “I will again make instruction shine forth like the dawn, and I will make it clear from far away. Jesus presents himself as this light of the world. ‘What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all the people” (Jn 1:4). He fulfills the promise expressed by Isaiah: ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shone’ (Is 9:2).

We are invited by Jesus to come to him and to walk in his light: ‘Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life’.  Commenting on this verse, Augustine quotes from Paul a passage which was significant in his own conversion: “The night is far gone, the day is near, let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honourably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires’ (Rom 13: 12-14).

Following Jesus involves continual re-commitment to walk in the light as he himself is in the light (1Jn 1:7). Since God is love, walking in the light is before all else allowing the light of Jesus’ love to shine through all our relationships (1 Jn 2:10-11), words and deeds.  The farewell commandment that Jesus has bequeathed to us is ‘To Be My Witness’ (BMW). Dr. John Ollukaran CMI


March 14, 2016

REFLECTION: Nowadays many agnostics and atheists, wanting to be “politically correct” and to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings unnecessarily, will proclaim to all and sundry that, although they cannot bring themselves to accept Jesus Christ as “the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God” (Creed), never­theless admire him as one of the greatest men who ever lived.

This concession of the atheists is well-meant, but it is one of the most foolish stances one can adopt in reference to Jesus. And today’s gospel reading makes this abundantly clear. For there Jesus says of himself, “I am the light of the world.” Elsewhere he says, “I am the resurrection and the life” (Jn 11:25). Anyone making such claims nowadays would soon end up in a mental hospital. Only megalomaniacs or tricksters talk like that.

And so, when faced with Jesus’ stupendous claims, we can only in strict logic think he is one of three things: lunatic, liar or Lord. To think of him as being merely a great man is nonsensical. Those who think that have simply never read the gospels.


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Monday, March 14, 2016

MONDAY OF THE 5TH WEEK OF LENT (YEAR C) – JUAN 8:12-20. UNSA MAN KABILILHON ANG GIINGON NI HESUS, “AKO ANG KAHAYAG SA KALIBOTAN”? Ang tanang tawo, batan-on ug tigulang, kabos ug adunahan, nangitngitan tungod sa sala. Ang kalibotan anaa sa kangitngit tungod kay ang sala makapahimulag man sa tawo gikan sa Ginoo. Kini ang kamatuoran nga nagpaluyo sa pag-ingon ni Hesus, “Ako ang kahayag sa Kalibotan”. Bililhon ang maong deklarasyon tungod kay dinhi gipaila ni Hesus kanato kon kinsa siya ug kon unsay iyang misyon. Siya ang Dios ug Manluluwas, nga maoy magdalag kahayag ug kaluwasan sa tanang tawo nga nangitngitan sa sala. Siya lamang ang bugtong kagawasan sa mga binihag sa sala ug kamatayon. Kini maghagit kanato sa paglakaw uban kang Kristo, dili sa kangitngit. Matod pa sa panultihon, “Those who walk with God always reach their destination.” Posted by Abet Uy


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,  Year II

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