MY daily reflection and prayer:
Wednesday, April 15, 2015: The Second Week of Easter
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to John 3:16-21
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Each one of us needs to be loved. What kind of love do we need? The Gospel today proclaims to us the love which surpasses the greatest joy and happiness which one could ever hope to find.
The greatest love is always manifested in the cost and sacrifice of the giver. The true lover gives the best that can be offered to their beloved, including all they possess, even their very lives. He never holds anything back for himself.
Thanks be to God for he has proved his love for us all by giving us the best he has to offer. He grants us his only begotten Son who freely has offered up his life for our sake as the atoning sacrifice for our sin and the sin of the world.
In his Gospel, St. John gives us true witness by saying, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”
He tells us of the great depth and breadth of God’s love in Jesus Christ, his Son. It’s not an excluding love for just a few or for a single nation, but a redemptive love that embraces all the whole world. It’s a personal love for each and every individual whom God has created in his own image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26,27).
What we love shows what we prefer and value most. Just as God has loved us in Jesus Christ, so we have to love him above all else. In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we try to take him first place in our lives, in our thoughts, affections, and actions by worshipping him lovingly.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, your love is the best for us. than life itself. May your love transform our hearts with all of its yearnings, aspirations, fears, and concerns. May we freely desire you above all else and love all others generously, especially those who are weak, poor, oppressed and disable for your sake and for your glory now and forever.
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