The Beloved Disciple
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2016 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
2017 Monday, May 29, 2017
Reflection for Saturday June 3, Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs: John 21:20-25
Does Jesus have a favorite disciple? It seems so as the gospel states: “Peter turned and saw that the disciple Jesus loved, was following as well the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?” (John 21:20)
In his humanity Jesus is also like us, he has a sense of feeling on who among his disciples were most humble and always there for him. This disciple is John whom Jesus loved so dearly. He was also the same John who remained with Jesus until his last gasp of breath on the cross. (John 19:26-27)
Like Jesus, we may also have our own beloved friends, and relatives. Why are they our chosen ones? We prefer them because they’ve shown their loyalty and love for us. John loved Jesus thru his words and deeds and he never betrayed Jesus until the very end.
We also must strive to be like John. – Marino J. Dasmarinas
2018 Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Reflection for Saturday May 19, Seventh Week of Easter: John 21:20-25
Do you always stay close to Jesus?
John is the disciple whom Jesus loved; there is that closeness between them and we saw it when John reclined upon His chest (John 13:23-25). John was also the only disciple who was with Jesus until His last gasp of breath on the cross.
In our present time it may be very odd to see a man recline upon the chest of another man. Our vicious imaginations will conclude something else that is forbidden but is somewhat accepted already by our society now.
But during Jesus’ time; it suggest unadulterated close friendship between the Master/Teacher (Jesus) and His disciple (John). John has Jesus’ ears that he could ask HIM questions whenever he wants too. The strength of their friendship was clearly evident when John stayed with Jesus until the very end.
This is also the intimacy that Jesus wants from us, Jesus wants us also to always recline towards Him and to stay with HIM regardless of our life’s predicament. We stay close to Jesus in our happy moments and the more that we become closer to Jesus in our moments of sadness and trials. – Marino J. Dasmarinas
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