Gospel: Jn 3:14-21
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: God’s persistent and unrelenting efforts to redeem people are met with total ignorance and unwillingness by the latter. The world prefers to love darkness and reject God’s light. If we are saved, it is only due to the extraordinary riches of his grace and mercy.
Reflect: What is the shape of God’s love? Perhaps it’s shape is its shapelessness. For His love is beyond boundaries and we simply cannot get our hands around it. We cannot hold it in our hearts or hands; rather, we must simply let ourselves be held by this boundless love that redeems us despite ourselves. To follow the reflection of theologian James Allison, our faith is not about doing good, it is not even about being good; it is all about being loved. The day we grasp the truth of this is the day we will know God and know ourselves.
Pray: Pray for a keen awareness of being loved into being by God every moment of your life.
Act: Share God’s love in some concrete way with someone less fortunate than you.
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