In today’s gospel, Jesus told His disciples that the world hated Him first. When we look back at the first chapter of the Gospel of John, we find that the evangelist wrote, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him (cf. John 1:11).” This is already a foreshadowing that Jesus will be rejected. As the story of Christ progressed in the gospel, it became inevitable that Jesus, while winning the faith and trust of people, also gained the hatred of some. The threats on His life intensified as He continued his ministry of preaching and healing.
In responding to my vocation, I realized that contradictions, difficulties, rejections, and the experiences of being hurt are a reality. I understand that as I accept the crosses of my vocation, Jesus wants me to experience a new sense of courage and dedication. His love will always lead me through everything. He never ceases to look for ways to help me get through the trials that I may encounter in life. In response, I must do my best to give my all to this vocation, and not just what is expected of me, even when I may come across challenges.
Jesus is clear with what he said. Following Him means sharing also in His portion, and that includes being despised by this world because our beliefs could differ from theirs. Our fortitude and commitment even in the face of difficulties and oppositions are proof of our faithfulness to our calling as disciples of Jesus. With His help, no difficulty is too great. He will help us overcome all the difficulties we may face along the way. What is important is that we keep our focus on accomplishing His will for us. We give Him our yes, and He will take care of the rest.
By: Sem. Lester John D. Cabais
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
‘No slave is greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me.”