March 23, 2018


Let us all remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Gospel: John 10:31-42.
The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”‘? If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize (and understand) that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” (Then) they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power. He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many came to him and said, “John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” And many there began to believe in him.



In the gospel, Jesus tried to convince the Jews that He is the Son of God. He was not able to convince them by presenting His good works and even the Scripture. These signs were not enough for the Jews. Jesus was again rejected. How do we deal with rejection such as this? Do you think Jesus sometimes feel
that it is hard for Him to break open our hearts too? Jesus did not give up. He went to Jordan and there He was not rejected; the people “there began to believe in Him.”



Lasallian Guiding Principle
The “desire to be of greater service to others” is one of the practical definitions of zeal found in the LGP. We could find this characteristic in Jesus. When He was rejected by the Jews in the gospel, He did not stop and lose heart. Instead, He continued his mission. This is the kind of zeal that Jesus would like us to see in this part of the Scripture. We are not here to please everyone. Our Lasallian mission is to do the will of God. The works of God cannot be hindered. We must look for other ways of convincing people. There will always be opportunities to accomplish God’s work. If this becomes a habit, we are practicing excellence in service.



Lord, open our eyes to see Your loving plan in the good works of others and in the Scriptures. When we experience rejection, teach us how to be a faithful servant who will not lose heart. May we be able to use rejections in our life to grow much stronger and better persons. May we learn from Jesus who did not allow rejections to define who He really is. Thank you for reminding us that our self-worth does not depend on the opinion of people about us. We are Your beloved. We seal this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.


Our Lady of the Star, pray for us.
St. John Baptist de la Salle, pray for us.
St. Miguel Febres Cordero, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.





Guiding Principles for the Philippine Lasallian Family



(Prepared by Lorenzo Alvin T. Capio)