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Rodelie P. Grate

Rodelie P. Grate

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 09:15

May 26, 2022

DG BookGospel: John 16:16-20
A little while, and you will see me no more; and then a little while, and you will see me.”
Some of the disciples wondered, “What does he mean by, ‘A little while, and you will not see me; and then a little while,
and you will see me’? And why did he say, ‘I go to the Father’?” And they said to one another, “What does he mean by ‘a little
while’? We don’t understand.” Jesus knew that they wanted to question him; so he said to them, “You are puzzled because I told you
that in a little while you will see me no more, and then a little while later you will see me. Truly, I say to you, you will weep and mourn while
the world rejoices. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.

 

Reflection:

 

When the world is madly after pursuit of happiness, Christianity
feels like killjoy. Why is it so? In the movie Hotel Rwanda
that tells the story of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Jack,
a journalist, plays back the horrible scenes of lynching
that he recorded, to some of the stunned officials of the
hotel. They ask Jack to send the footage immediately to the
international news channels so that the world will see and
respond. Jack pessimistically refuses commenting thus: “I
think that when people turn on their TVs and see this footage,
they'll say, ‘Oh my God, that's horrible,’ and then they'll go
back to eating their dinners.” Sad, but true! Yet, when the
‘world’ goes back to dinner, authentic Christians simply
cannot: They are compelled to share in the suffering of their
brethren and alleviate the same. They seem like killjoys, but they
have a joy that can never be taken away.

 

 

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Tuesday, 19 April 2022 16:36

May 24, 2022

DG BookGospel: John 16:5-11
But now I am going to the One who sent me, and none of you asks me where I am going; instead you are overcome
with grief, because of what I have said. Believe me, it is better for you that I go away, because as long as I do not go away,
the Helper will not come to you. But if I go away, I will send him to you, and when he comes, he will vindicate the truth

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 15:31

May 19, 2022

DG BookGospel: John 15:9-11
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love! You will remain in my love if you
keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 15:28

May 18, 2022

DG BookGospel: John 15:1-8
I am the true vine and my Father is the vine grower. If any of my branches doesn’t bear fruit, he breaks it off; and
he prunes every branch that does bear fruit that it may bear even more fruit. You are already made clean by the word
I have spoken to you. Live in me as I live in you. The branch cannot bear fruit by itself, but has to remain part of the

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 15:00

May 17, 2022

DG BookGospel: John 14:27-31a
Peace be with you! My peace I give to you; not as the world gives peace do I give it to you. Do not be troubled! Do
not be afraid! You heard me say, ‘I am going away, but I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I go
to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you this now before it takes place, so that when it does happen

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 14:54

May 16, 2022

DG BookGospel: John 14:21-26
Whoever keeps my commandments is the one who loves me. If he loves me, he will also be loved by my Father; I too shall
love him and show myself clearly to him.” Judas—not Judas Iscariot—asked Jesus, “Lord, how can it be that you will show
yourself clearly to us and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 14:36

May 15, 2022

DG BookGospel: John 13:31-33a, 34-35
When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. God will glorify him, and he
will glorify him very soon. My children, I am with you for only a little while; you will look for me, but as I already told the Jews, now

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 14:33

May 14, 2022

DG BookGospel: John 15:9-17
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love! You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father’s
commandments and remain in his love. I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: Love one
another as I have loved you! There is no greater love than this, to give one’s life for one’s friends; and you are my friends, if you do what I command you.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 09:50

May 13, 2022

DG BookGospel: 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.

 

Reflection:

 

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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Tuesday, 19 April 2022 09:50

May 12, 2022

DG BookGospel: 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.

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