For God So Loved

– Wednesday of the 2nd week of Easter –

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” [John 3:16]

John 3:16 is possibly one of the most well know verses in the Bible. Often, the temptation when we read a well know scripture is to skim over it, knowing that we know what it says. Can I invite you to ‘rewind’ and read today’s Gospel slowly, word for word? When I take a moment to do this, I am captured with the thought “what a good Father and wonderful Saviour we have!”

In one sentence John gives us the core of Christianity: that God loved the world in such a way as to send his only son, Jesus, to his people to die for us, so that anyone who trusts in him will be saved from the consequence of sin and, instead, inherit eternal life.

From there we read that Jesus was sent not to condemn humanity for our failings but, rather, as the very embodiment and expression of God’s love for the world. As Christians the invitation is clear: believe in Jesus and choose to live in the light of Christ.

What does it mean to believe in Jesus and live in Christ’s light? Our Catholic tradition has many structures and practices to help us. Let’s start by asking the One whose light we are asked to live in, one to one, in the place of solitude where Christ meets us.

by Madelene Wilson

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