Isang bata ang naka-diskubre na
siya pala ay ampon lamang. Subalit sa halip na magtampo siya, inisip niya kung
gaano siya minahal ng kanyang mga magulang. Hanggang mamatay ang kanyang ama,
hindi niya naramdaman na siya ay kakaiba. At ang kanyang ina din, hanggang ngayon
ay patuloy ang pagmamahal sa kanya. Sa halip na magtampo, lalo siyang naging
mapagpasalamat sa maganda niyang kapalaran.
Ang ikalawang pagbasa (1 Juan
3:1-2) ay nagsasaad na umaapaw ang pag-ibig ng Diyos kaya tayong lahat ay
ginawa niyang mga anak: tayo ngayon ay anak ng Diyos…” kahit isinilang tayong
malayo sa kanya, inampon niya tayo. Naganap ito dahil sa pagsusugo niya sa
Panginoong Hesukristo bilang ating Tagapagligtas: “walang kaligtasan kaninuman
maliban sa kanya…” na gumawa sa atin bilang mga kapatid niya at anak ng Ama.
Ang Salita ng Diyos ngayon ay
nagpapatuloy ng kagalakan ng Pasko ng Pagkabuhay. Ang ating Muling Nabuhay na
Panginoon ang nagbukas ng tahanan ng Ama para tayong lahat ay makapasok sa
tulong ng Espiritu Santo.
Sa Ebanghelyo (Jn 10:11-18),
binabanggit ng Panginoong Hesukristo na siya ang Mabuting Pastol. Pero kahit
ang kawan ng tupa ay tila hindi naman niya itinuturing na mga alagang hayop
lamang.Sobrang pagiging malapit
niya sa kanila.”kilala ko sila at kilala nila ako… ibibigay ko ang aking buhay
para sa kanila.”Pati ang mga tupa
sa labas ng kawan ay mahal niya: “sila din ay aakayin ko, maririnig nila ang
aking tinig at magiging isang kawan sila, sa ilalim ng isang pastol.”
Para pala sa Mabuting Pastol, ang
kawan ang kanyang pamilya; siya ang puno at sila ang bahagi. Ginamit na larawan
ay mga alagang hayop pero ang kahulugan ay ang pag-ibig ng Diyos sa mga taong
kanyang inampon. Ipinararamdam ng Mabuting Pastol sa kawan na sila ay bahagi ng
kanyang buhay at sila ay mahal niya bilang kanyang pamilya.
Sa tulong ng Muling Pagkabuhay,
may bago na tayong kaugnayan sa Diyos. hindi galit at parusa, o pagtutuwid at
pangaral, o taguan at hanapan. Hindi ganyan ang pamilyang mapagmahal. Sa halip,
ito ay ugnayan ng malalim na pagkakaisa na gumagawa sa ating tunay na anak
kahit tayo ay makasalanan lamang. Ito ay ugnayan ng walang sawang malasakit
para sa ating lahat; ugnayan ng kagalakan dahil ang ating Pastol, ay kalakbay
natin at nag-aakay sa ating tungo sa yakap ng Ama.
Tulad ng aking kaibigan, magsaya
tayo dahil inampon tayo ng Ama sa pamamagitan ng Mabuting Pastol ng ating
Once a young man told me he
discovered something about himself. His relatives revealed to him that he was
not a natural son of his parents but an adopted child. After regaining his
composure at the shocking news, he began to thank the Lord that his adoptive
parents loved him without reserve. His father made him feel that he was the
apple of his eye, until his father died some years ago. His mother not for a
single moment, showed him he was not her own dear son. He told me that knowing
he was adopted made him even more grateful to the Lord and his parents.
Today’s second reading (1 John
3:1-2) emphasizes the conviction of the writer that God’s love is overflowing
that he even made us his children: “Beloved, we are God’s children now…”Though born estranged from God, we are
now brought close to his heart by adoption. And this happens to us because in
his great love, the Father has sent the Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to save us:
“There is no salvation through anyone else…,” except through the Son who
embraced us as his brothers and sisters.
God’s Word today continues our
Easter joy by making us know for sure what the Resurrection unfolded for us.
Jesus Risen from the dead breaks open the household of the Father and makes us
all part of the family of God through the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel speaks of the Good
Shepherd (Jn 10:11-18). Though the image is that of shepherd and his sheep, we
can see in the description the Lord gives of the shepherd that a good shepherd
does not treat his flock as mere animals.In fact, he is closer to his sheep than we can ever imagine. “I know
mine and mine know me… I will lay down my life for the sheep.”Even the sheep outside the flock are a
special focus of his interest and love: “These also must I lead, and they will
hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
The Good Shepherd considers his
flock his family; he is the head and they are the members. The image is all
about animals that need tending, but the essence is that of true love for the
people the Lord has adopted as his own.The Good Shepherd makes the flock feel part of his own life. They belong
to him and he loves them as his own family.
With the Resurrection we have new
relationship with God. it is not a relationship of fear and punishment, of
correction and reprimand, of hide and seek. You don’t do that within a loving
family.Rather it is a
relationship of deep unity that makes us feel we are children worthy of love
although we are sinners still.It
is a relationship of untiring concern for the good of all; a relationship of
joy that our Shepherd, is walking with us and leading us all to the Father’s
Like my dear friend, let us feel
the joy of being adopted children of the Father.
Normal lang malungkot kapag may
nawalang isang minamahal sa buhay. Ang dalawang disipulo ay malungkot na
nagluluksa pabalik sa Emmaus.
Normal lang masiphayo kapag ang
pag-asa ay bumagsak. Umasa sila sa Panginoon Jesus at ngayong namatay Siya sa
krus, sobra ang kanilang pangungulila.
Normal lang mailto kapag hindi mo
inaasahan o naiintindihan ang mga pangyayari. Sa pagkalito, hindi tuloy
nakilala ng dalawa kung sino ang kasabay nila sa lansangan.
Pero higit na normal para sa
Diyos ang makialam, makiisa, makisangkot kapag ang mga anak Niya ay malungkot,
nasiphayo at nalilito.Sinamahan
sila ng Panginoong Jesus dahil kailangan nila ng kasabay sa madilim na daang
tinatahak. Humabol Siya sa daan upang maging suporta at inspirasyon nila.
Buong tiyagang inakay ng
Panginoon Jesus ang dalawa upang makita nilang Siya ay nabuhay ngang muli,
makapangyarihan at kapiling nila muli. Matiyaga Niyang ipinaliwanag ang
Kasulatan. Matiyaga Niyang ipinagdiwang ang Hapunan na Kanyang itinatag.Buhay Siya at hindi patay!
Ganito makitungo sa atin ang Diyos. Sumasabay SIya sa ating sakit at hirap
araw-araw. Kasama Siya sa landas na madilim habang dinadala tayo sa liwanag. Sa
Eukaristiya o Banal na Misa, dama natin ang Kanyang Salita at ang Kanyang
Katawan at Dugo ay siya nating lakas.
Kung nalulungkot, nalilito at nawawalang pag-asa, lumapit
kay Jesus, ang Diyos nating nakikisangkot sa lakbayin ng buhay. Kasama natin
Siya sa Eukaristiya at sa Simbahan ngayon.
Tulad ng mga disipulo, magiging tagapagpahayag din tayoo na
ang Diyos ay laging kapiling at tumutulong sa atin.Tulad nila, maging kasangkapan tayo ng pagpapahayag na hindi
nagpapabaya ang Diyos, na SIya ay nagpapagaling at nagtataas sa atin kapag tayo
It is normal to feel sad
specially if you have lost someone special. That was why the two disciples, who
have become close to the Lord, were in serious mourning as they trek the road
It is normal to feel disappointed
when your hopes are dashed.These
two disciples pinned their hopes on Jesus and knowing that He was now dead,
they felt desolate as they traced their way back home.
It is normal to be confused when
you are faced with events you cannot understand. Our disciples did not know why
things happened the way they did and what would happen next. Their confusion
blinded them to the real identity of their newfound Companion on the road.
But it is even more normal for
God to intervene when he sees his people falling into sadness, despair and
confusion. The Lord Jesus joined them because He knew they needed a companion
on the dark path they were walking.Jesus caught up with them because He knew they needed someone to support
and encourage them, to lift up their sagging spirits.
In His patience, the Lord Jesus
leads His two friends to a gradual realization that in fact, He was now risen,
alive and powerful, as He once promised. He patiently explained the fulfillment
of the promises in Scripture. He patiently celebrated with them the sacred meal
He established. It is then that the disciples regained their senses and
recognized the presence of the Risen Lord. He is not dead, but is alive
The Gospel today is a very
powerful portrayal of how our God deals with us. He walks with us in our daily
pains and difficulties. He joins us in our journey through the dark moments of
life in order to lead us to the brightness of his promises and his presence.
Today he walks with us in the Eucharist where, as before, he uncovers his Word
before us and offers us the Bread of communion and presence.
When we are sad, confused or
desolate let us be sensitive to our companion, our friend, the God who
intervenes and enters into our journey.He is here in the Eucharist as he is in his Body the Church
community.And as we discover him
here, like the disciples, let us go forth in joy, proclaiming to others the God
who comes to our aid.
Like them, let us be instruments
of the proclamation that God does not abandon His people, that He comes to heal
our wounds and lift up our spirits.
Sabihin mo sa natatakot:
Peace!Sabihin mo sa nalulungkot:
Peace! Ibulong mo sa nagdurusa: Peace! Ihatid mo sa pagod at bugbog na: Peace!
Ito na ang pinakatamang mga
salita, pinaka-nakalulugod na salita sa gitna ng mga pagsubok at kahirapan ng
buhay. At ito ang mga pinaka-makapangyarihan at pinaka-banayad na salita ng
Panginoong Jesukristo mula sa Kanyang Pagkabuhay. Ito rin ay mga epektibong
salita dahil tuwing bibigkasin ni Jesus, nagdudulot ito ng kapahingahan at
lakas ng loob.
Masdan mo kung paano bumalik ang
saya sa mga apostol. Tingnan mo kung paano naliwanagan ang mga disipulo. Hayan
si Tomas, na muling sumampalataya pagkatapos magduda. Ang kapayapaan ni Jesus
ay epektibo, malakas at makapangyarihan.Ang kapayapaan ni Jesus ay regalo Niya sa atin ngayong Easter, regalong
kailangang kailangan nating marinig at maranasan.
Ano ang sikreto ng regalong ito
ng kapayapaan? Kasi po, ito ay nagmumula sa puso, sa mahabaging puso ni Jesus.
Narito si Jesus upang patawarin ang mga naduwag na alagad. Narito Siya upang
sabihing kakampi Niya silang muli. Narito Siya upang akayin sila mula sa
pagtatago patungo sa pagharap sa mundo na may galak.
May kapayapaan kapag alam nating
awa ang ibibigay sa atin kaysa galit, kapatawaran kaysa paghusga, pagyakap
bilang kapatid kaysa dayuhan o kaaway, kapag tinawag tayo upang hawakan ang
katawan ni Jesus at damahin ang kanyang pulso na dumadaloy sa ating balat,
ugat, puso at kaluluwa.
Ngayon ay Linggo ng Divine Mercy
o Dakilang Awa ng Diyos.An gating
Diyos ay katarungan, oo, at pag-ibig, oo din. Subalit para sa ating mga
makasalanan, Siya ay Awa – awa ng isang Ama, awa ng isang Kapatid, awa ng isang
Ngayon din ang araw ng
pagtatanghal sa dalawang bagong santo ng Simbahan, dalawang dating Santo Papa
na nagpadama sa atin ng awa ng Diyos – si Pope John XXIII at si Pope John Paul
II.Salamat sa Diyos sa dalawang
taong ito nG ating kasaysayan.
Hilingin natin na punuin tayo ng
kapayapaan ngayon upang maging kasangkapan tayo ni Kristong Muling Nabuhay ng
kanyang kapayapaan at pag-asa sa mundong naghihintay.
Say to the fearful: “Peace be
with you.”Say to the sorrowing:
“Peace be with you.” Whisper to the suffering: “Peace be with you.”Tell the battered and fatigued: “Peace
be with you.”
These are just the right words,
the most comforting words in the midst of life’s trials and difficulties. And
these are the powerful, gentle words of Jesus after the Resurrection.These are also effective words, that once
spoken by the Lord, they produce calmness and assurance.
Look at how the apostles are
filled with joy. Notice how the disciples emerged into the light. See how
Thomas himself regains his faith and surrenders his doubts to the winds.The peace of Jesus is effective, strong
and powerful.The peace of Jesus
is His gift at Easter, the gift we need most to hear and experience.
Why is the peace of Jesus
powerful?It is because it comes
from his heart, his merciful heart. Jesus comes to forgive the apostles for their
cowardice. Jesus assures His disciples that He is on their side. Jesus tells
them it is all right to leave their hiding place and face the world with joy.
Peace happens when we know that
we receive mercy instead of reprimand, when we are forgiven rather than judged,
when we are treated as brothers and sisters rather than as outcast, when we are
allowed to touch the body of Jesus and feel His pulse flow through our own
skin, veins, hearts and souls.
Today, the Catholic Church
celebrates the second Sunday of Easter as the Sunday of Divine Mercy.God is love and God is justice, but
when God meets us sinners, He is definitely mercy – the mercy of a Father, the
mercy of a Brother, the mercy of a Friend.
Today too, we join the heavenly
rejoicing as we proclaim two new saints who made us feel the mercy of God
despite their lofty stature and high position. Pope John XXIII was the humble,
grandfatherly figure who brought the Church closer to the world.Pope John Paul II was the unforgettable
pope of our times who touched our hearts with enduring images of love and
compassion. Now they are saints we venerate on the altars of the Church.
On this Sunday of Mercy, let us
ask the Lord to fill us with His peace, at a time when troubles around us
abound.Let us ask the Risen Jesus
to make us instruments of peace to the people who need to hear this message of
hope and strength again.