• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 19 May 2017 17:46

Sixth Sunday of Easter - 2017

Written by Fr Elmer Ibarra SVD

Sixth Sunday of Easter
John 14:15-21


Fr Elmer Ibarra 150 BestImagine there are two people having this conversation, “If you really love me, then prove it!” A girl asks her boyfriend. The boyfriend responds, “Let’s go outside and let’s watch your favourite movie, ‘Godzilla’! The girl responds, “Yeah! You really love me!!! I can’t imagine you who love watching rugby, would join me watching a movie about a giant lizard!!!”

In the gospel for today, Jesus is challenging all of us to realise that if we really love him then we must obey his commandments.

The gospel today is a continuation of the “farewell discourse” of Jesus to his disciples. He knew that without him his disciples would have no idea of how to continue the ministry that Jesus started. He knew that without him, his disciples would be vulnerable to attacks from the Pharisees and other potential enemies of the early Church. He knew that He must continue to be present in them so that he can guide them and they can continue spreading the reign of God towards the ends of the earth. And the only way that Jesus can do that is to send the Holy Spirit, as the Advocate. The spirit would guide the disciples on what to say and what to do especially in times of crisis.

And also in the gospel Jesus is challenging all of us to prove our love of Jesus by obeying his commandments. Some of us may think that, isn’t it that pure love should come with no conditions? What others may mean is that if you love someone, then you just need to love them, no ifs and buts?

But what Jesus is saying is that if we love him then we must keep his commandments. It doesn’t mean that if we don’t keep Jesus’ commandments that he doesn’t love us anymore. That is the reason why Jesus died on the cross, to show his love to everybody whether we love him in return or not. Actually, the more that we stray away from him, the more he would love us so that through his love, it may lead us to come back to him. However, if we truly love him, then we would obey his commandments. This is the least that we can do to prove that we love Jesus.

One of my favourite passages in the Bible is the one from the prophet Isaiah, when the prophet said to King Ahaz, that the virgin shall be with child and shall name him Emmanuel, meaning “God is with us.” For me, this one of the passages that has guided my life. I’ve always believed that God is always with us and he would never leave us. That in the highs and lows of my life, I know that God is always with me. That is why another passage in the gospel of Matthew is also an inspiration when Jesus said as he was being taken up to heaven, “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the world.” Jesus promised us that he will always be with us. For me the important word here is ALWAYS!

That is why in the gospel for today, Jesus promised his disciples again that he would not leave them orphans. He will be with them always through an Advocate and that is the Holy Spirit. It will be the Holy Spirit that would guide them, teach them and defend them against any attacks to them and the early Church. And the Holy Spirit is as powerful as Jesus himself, as the Spirit is also the Father and Jesus, the persons of the Holy Trinity. That is why if we read further in the Bible, particularly the Acts of the Apostles, we can see many stories on how the Holy Spirit has guided and manifested himself through the works of the followers of Jesus in the early Church.

So for us we can derive two lessons from today’s gospel. First, we should be assured that Jesus definitely loves us. Jesus’ love is all-powerful. He loves all people whether we love him in return or not. However, on our part, we love Jesus in return then we must prove it by following his commandments and that is loving God and our neighbours. Second, we should be assured that Jesus is with us and continues to be with us. He would not abandon us. He did not abandon his disciples even after he left physically on earth. He sent the Holy Spirit to take his place to guide his disciples and Jesus continues to send the Holy Spirit not only in his church but to all of us especially from the moment of our baptism. The Holy Spirit continues to reside in us, the only thing that we have to do is to listen to his promptings and we shall be guided towards eternal life.