Monday, March 18, 2013

Gospel Reflection

March 18, 2013
Monday – Year of Faith – Lenten Seasons
by Rev. Fr. Prudencio 'Jun' T. Solomon (Rector and Parish Priest)
(Archdiocesan Shrine of the Our Lady of Loreto Parish, Sampaloc Manila)
Guest Priest, Lunch Mass at Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace (Our Lady of EDSA)
Reading 1 Dn 13:41c-62

The assembly condemned Susanna to death.

But Susanna cried aloud: “O eternal God, you know what is hidden and are aware of all things before they come to be: you know that they have testified falsely against me. Here I am about to die, though I have done none of the things with which these wicked men have charged me.”

The Lord heard her prayer. As she was being led to execution, God stirred up the holy spirit of a young boy named Daniel, and he cried aloud: “I will have no part in the death of this woman.” All the people turned and asked him, “What is this you are saying?” He stood in their midst and continued, “Are you such fools, O children of Israel! To condemn a woman of Israel without examination and without clear evidence? Return to court, for they have testified falsely against her.”

Then all the people returned in haste. To Daniel the elders said, “Come, sit with us and inform us, since God has given you the prestige of old age.” But he replied, “Separate these two far from each other that I may examine them.”

After they were separated one from the other, he called one of them and said: “How you have grown evil with age! Now have your past sins come to term: passing unjust sentences, condemning the innocent, and freeing the guilty, although the Lord says, ‘The innocent and the just you shall not put to death.’ Now, then, if you were a witness, tell me under what tree you saw them together.” “Under a mastic tree,” he answered. Daniel replied, “Your fine lie has cost you your head, for the angel of God shall receive the sentence from him and split you in two.” Putting him to one side, he ordered the other one to be brought. Daniel said to him, “Offspring of Canaan, not of Judah, beauty has seduced you, lust has subverted your conscience. This is how you acted with the daughters of Israel, and in their fear they yielded to you; but a daughter of Judah did not tolerate your wickedness. Now, then, tell me under what tree you surprised them together.” “Under an oak,” he said. Daniel replied, “Your fine lie has cost you also your head,” for the angel of God waits with a sword to cut you in two so as to make an end of you both.”

The whole assembly cried aloud, blessing God who saves those who hope in him. They rose up against the two elders, for by their own words Daniel had convicted them of perjury. According to the law of Moses, they inflicted on them the penalty they had plotted to impose on their neighbor: they put them to death. Thus was innocent blood spared that day.

Responsorial Psalm ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

R. (4ab) Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

Gospel Jn 8:12-20

Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You testify on your own behalf, so your testimony cannot be verified.” Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I do testify on my own behalf, my testimony can be verified,  because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by appearances, but I do not judge anyone. And even if I should judge, my judgment is valid, because I am not alone, but it is I and the Father who sent me.
Even in your law it is written that the testimony of two men can be verified. I testify on my behalf and so does the Father who sent me.” So they said to him, “Where is your father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while teaching in the treasury in the temple area. But no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.


"If you knew Me, you would know My Father also." "Kung kilala ninyo Ako, kilala n'yo rin Siya."

Ito po ang payak na pangungusap ni Hesus, na siyang dapat sumasalarawan ng ating pananampalataya sa Diyos. Sa madaling salita, dapat tayo ay nakatuon kay Hesus. Ang ating pananampalataya ay dapat na nakatuon kay Kristo. It is Christ-centeredness.

Kung nais nating malaman and tungkol sa Diyos, kinakailangan nating alamin kung sino si Hesus. Kung nais nating malaman ang mga bagay-bagay tungkol sa Diyos, kinakailangan nating pagnilayan si Hesus. Kinakailangan nating pakinggang maigi ang Panginoon, sapagkat kay Hesus, at sa pamamagitan Niya, ay inilahad ng Ama ang tungkol sa Kanya. Kay Hesus ay batid natin ang pamamaraan ng Ama. Sa pagsusugo sa Kanyang bugtong na Anak, nabatid natin at nabanaagan ang tungkol sa Diyos.

Kung nais nating hanapin ang daan patungo sa Ama, tahakin muna natin ang landas ni Kristo. Kung nais natin Siyang matagpuan, tagpuin muna natin si Hesus. Sapagkat walang daan patungo sa Diyos Ama kundi sa pamamagitan ng Kanyang bugtong na Anak na si Kristo.

Tatandaan natin ang sinabi ni Hesus, "Ako ang Daan, Ako ang Katotohanan, Ako ang Buhay." Siya ang daan patungo sa Ama. Siya ang Katotohanan, at taglay Niya ang katotohanan ng Diyos. At sa Kanya ay matatagpuan ang buhay na ganap.