Daily Reflection on the Gospel of Monday November 2, 2020

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This day we celebrate the day dedicated to all the faithful departed. Today the liturgy gives us this small fragment of the Gospel of John that belongs to the discourse of the bread of life. The community of John celebrated the Eucharist and remembered in it the presence of the bread that came down from heaven, Jesus, who came to feed the deepest and most authentic desires of every human being. In this context, the words of today's Gospel arrive to assure us that Jesus does not "lose" or "reject" any of those who believe and come to him.
To get closer to the depth of this fragment, we can evoke the feeling that experiences of rejection and loss provoke in us.

Being rejected is a painful experience because it transmits a negative judgment about ourselves; we are not considered desirable, expendable. Deep down, rejection is synonymous with death, because, for the one who rejects us, it matters the same whether we are alive or dead. The community of John was formed by e-mail that received Jesus as messiah, as the son of God sent for our salvation; That faith had cost them the rejection of their brothers of race and religion, and their suffering only made sense thanks to the guarantee of God's love realized in Jesus. In this text, Jesus assures us of his welcome, the formation of a new community in which the rejected can once again feel integrated, part of an assembly of brothers in which he occupies the center. But there is more, our movement towards Jesus has its origin in the secret will of the Father, it is he who moves our hearts towards Jesus, who offers our own persons as a gift for Jesus.

Feeling lost implies the anguish of having lost the way, the ignorance of the steps to take, of the goal that is being pursued. When you are lost you doubt any progress you make, because you have lost your reference points and you do not know if your efforts are leading you in the right direction or if you are further away from the signs that can guide you. Getting lost affects motivation above all, because the meaning of anything done in any direction is ignored. Jesus offers himself here also as a guarantee of the right path, of orientation, of progress in life. With him not even death itself can defeat us, because he himself will give us full, authentic life at the end of time. "Eternal life" is not "the other life", it is this very life brought to fullness by the grace of God's love.

And all this as a consequence of the "faith" of "believing" in Jesus as sent by the Father, as the Son of God. "Faith" is not an "idea" that we have in our heads, which makes us exclaim "yes, I believe in Jesus." Faith in the motor of all the actions of our day is the motivation to get up in the morning, the force that makes us overcome difficulties, the energy that prevents us from stopping and succumbing to the void. It is very easy to say "I have faith", but true faith is shown in the choices of day to day, in the attitudes that nest in the heart. Having faith in Jesus is also a gift from the Father, a grace that God gives to all, hoping, with his immense divine humility, that we will answer yes and accept his love. Having faith in Jesus means a radical change in the structures of our life. Jesus is the Son of God, it is God himself who, with all his power, has decided to come to visit us to show us by his example how to love oneself, how to live fully, and his best achieved work of art is the delivery on the cross for love, until the last drop of blood, until the last breath. To have faith in him is to allow ourselves to soak up his life, his love, his mercy, and recognize that the only way to our "personal fulfillment" is our generous donation to the extreme. This is one of the great paradoxes of the Gospel of John: the development of our authentic will is to do the will of the Father, the highest stature of our own life is to lower ourselves in total service. To believe in Jesus is to enter into this dynamic of giving.