As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world; instead, through him the world is to be saved. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned. He who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
This is how Judgment is made: Light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For whoever does wrong hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, for fear that his deeds will be seen as evil. But whoever lives according to the truth comes into the light, so that it can be clearly seen that his works have been done in God.
READ: The first reading shows to us unfaithfulness that leads to unhappiness but the God of righteousness remains steadfast in bringing about the true house of happiness. Meanwhile, the second reading asserts that salvation is given gratuitously. Human effort is not enough for human wicked actions would only bring one to be condemned; it is in devoting oneself to the good works of Jesus that we are called to dwell. The gospel reading stresses the great love of God who offered his only begotten Son to save humanity from its condemnation. It also emphasizes the responsibility of humanity in choosing whether to dwell in the light of the love of God or to stay in darkness.
REFLECT: God’s presence in our lives is constant. How come we are not able to recognize His loving presence? What are our preoccupations these days? Do we really see the light of God or are we blinded by the experience of human joy brought by our comfort zones?
PRAY: Lord Jesus, show to us the light of your eternal joy. Unmask us with our deceptions and lies and free us from our self-centeredness and comfort zones. Amen.
ACT: Go out from your comfort zones and fling yourself into the world. Cultivate the culture of truth, life and love.
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