God speaks with precision and ever remains faithful to His unerring Word. The Holy Bible is filled with the divine message, especially the Words of the Son of God, Jesus, that touch and penetrate the heart, and are applicable to different situations in life.
The sixth chapter of John
uncovers Jesus as speaking the words of ‘spirit and life’ (cf. Jn.
6:63). He assures Peter that “Whoever comes to me I shall not turn
away” (Jn. 6:37), while Peter, moved by the Spirit, discloses his utter
trust in the Master, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of
eternal life” (Jn. 6:66).
Jesus reminds his disciples to “be like
the Son of Man who has come, not to be served but to serve, and to give
his life to redeem many” (Mt. 20:28). What a timely reminder for the
candidates running for public office, to put authentic service of the
massive poor sector of society above one’s self-interest. Jesus the
Leader claims only His intimate, undying care for his flock – “I am the
good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me
and I know the Father. Because of this, I give my life for my sheep.
The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep” (Jn.10:14-15).
this spark hope and strength for each person, and each family of our
nation that we may be ‘the people chosen as God’s inheritance’ (cf. Ps.
33:12), thereby being ‘the good soil who heard the word, understood it,
and bore fruit a hundred, sixty, or thirty times more’ (Mt. 13:23).
With certitude shall our hearts be freed from all worry and anxiety.
“Set your heart first on the kingdom and justice of God, and all these
things will also be given to you. Do not worry about tomorrow, for
tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its
own” (Mt. 6:33-34). It will be Jesus leading us to bear fruit in love
as His true disciples, so that in the end, He will say, “By this will
everyone know that you are my disciples if you have love for one
another” (Jn. 13:35)