Daily Gospel (2044)
Gospel: John 14:1-6
“Do not be troubled! Trust in God and trust in me! In my Father’s house there are many rooms; otherwise, I would
not have told you that I go to prepare a place for you. After I have gone and prepared a place for you, I shall come again
and take you to me, so that where I am, you also may be. Yet you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to him,
“Lord, we don’t know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes
to the Father but through me.
The Church refers to Jesus as the “desire of the nations” and
rightly so. The Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad, one of the ten principal
upanishads of India (written between 9th–6th centuries BCE),
has this famous prayer, known as pavamāna abhyāroha (prayer of
purification), that captures this human desire beautifully. I give
it in transliterated Sanskrit with its meaning in parenthesis:
asato mā sadgamaya (lead us from untruth to truth)
tamaso mā jyotirgamaya (from darkness to light)
mṛtyor mā'mṛtaṃ gamaya (from death to eternal life)
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Gospel: John 13:16-20
Truly, I say to you, the servant is not greater than his master, nor is the messenger greater than he who sent him.
Understand this, and blessed are you, if you put it into practice. I am not speaking of you all, because I know the
ones I have chosen, and the Scripture has to be fulfilled which says: The one who shares my table will rise up against me.
Gospel: John 12:44-50
Yet Jesus had said, and even cried out, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me,
sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears
my words and does not keep them, I am not the one to condemn him; for I have come, not to condemn the world, but to save the world.
Gospel: John 10:22-30
The time came for the feast of the Dedication. It was winter, and Jesus walked back and forth in the portico of
Solomon. The Jews then gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in doubt? If you are the
Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have already told you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s
Gospel: John 10:1-10
Truly, I say to you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief
and a robber. But the shepherd of the sheep enters by the gate. The keeper opens the gate to him and the sheep hear
his voice; he calls each of his sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before
Gospel: John 10:27-30
My sheep hear my voice and I know them; they follow me and I give them eternal
life. They shall never perish, and no one will ever steal them from me. What my Father has
given me, is greater than all things else. To snatch it out of the Father’s hand, no one is able!
I and the Father are one.”
In the midst of acute shortage of vocations in a country,
one provincial assumes charge and thus addresses his members in his
inaugural homily: “Believe me. There is no shortage of vocations.
There’s plenty. It is all a problem of distribution, not of numbers.” How
true! God does raise up people to tend his sheep; but not always as,
when, and where we want him to! If we care to look around, there are
many youngsters willing to serve. Sadly, how many congregations
have died out in some countries due to the sheer refusal to accept
vocations from other regions of the world! What we need to do is
to adjust our mental lenses, break down the boundaries of tribalistic
thinking, and perceive the Church as one family without borders.
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Gospel: John 6:60-69
After hearing this, many of Jesus’ followers said, “This language is very hard! Who can accept it?” Jesus was aware that his disciples were murmuring
about this, and so he said to them, “Does this offend you? Then how will you react when you see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
It is the spirit that gives life, not the flesh. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. But among you there are some who do not
Gospel: John 6:52-59
The Jews were arguing among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus replied, “Truly, I say
to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh
and drinks my blood lives eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. My flesh is really food, and my blood is truly drink.
Gospel: John 6:44-51
No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise him up on the last day. It has been written
in the Prophets: They shall all be taught by God. So whoever listens and learns from the Father comes to me. For no one has
seen the Father except the One who comes from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
Gospel: John 6:35-40
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in
me shall never be thirsty. Nevertheless, as I said, you refuse to believe, even when you have seen. Yet all those whom the
Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do
Gospel: John 14:6-14
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me. If you know me, you will know the Father also; indeed you know him, and
you have seen him.” Philip asked him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that is enough.” Jesus said to him, “What! I have been with you so long and you still do not know me,
Philip? Whoever sees me sees the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? All that I say to you,
I do not say of myself. The Father who dwells in me is doing his own work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; at least believe it on the evidence of these
works that I do. Truly, I say to you, the one who believes in me will do the same works that I do; and he will even do greater than these, for I am going to the Father. Everything you ask
in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Indeed, anything you ask, calling upon my name, I will do it.
We must really thank Philip for asking a seemingly foolish
question, because his question led to some most profound
insights into the intimacy between Jesus and his Father, an
intimacy that is offered to us as well; and, as icing on the cake, a
blanket promise from Jesus that anything that we ask, calling
upon his name, he would do for us! We have other instances in
the Gospel as well, wherein the disciples ask some seemingly
absurd things, only to receive some precious words or act
of Jesus. Sample, for example, Thomas insisting on wanting to
see Jesus’ wounds and put his hand on his side (cf. Jn 20:25);
or, the disciples asking about whose sins were responsible for
the man to be born blind (cf. Jn 9: 2); or, Peter asking if forgiving
one’s brother seven times would be good enough (cf. Mt. 18:21).
What would be the one (foolish) question you want to ask Jesus
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Gospel: John 6:22-29
Next day, the people, who had stayed on the other side, realized that only one boat had been there, and that
Jesus had not entered it with his disciples; but rather, the disciples had gone away alone. Other boats from Tiberias
landed near the place where all these people had eaten the bread. When they saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples
Gospel: John 21:1-19
After this, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Lake of Tiberias. He appeared to them in this way: Simon
Peter, Thomas who was called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two other disciples were
together; and Simon Peter said to them, “I’m going fishing.” They replied, “We will come with you.” And they went out
Gospel: John 6:16-21
When evening came, the disciples went down to the shore. After a while, they got into a boat to make for Capernaum on the other side
of the sea, for it was now dark and Jesus had not yet come to them. But the sea was getting rough because a strong wind was blowing.