Posted by: livingscripture | April 22, 2009

Second Wednesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 

Jesus told Nicodemus, “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish

but might have eternal life.      (John 3, 16) 

 

How should we live this Word

 

db_26-cross_of_the_holy_week1In narrating Jesus’ words to Nicodemus in the heart of the night, he transmits simple and essential expressions in regard to the Teacher’s probable sentiments as He projected before Himself and His questioner, the film of His destiny.  He identifies Himself to Nicodemus and to all of us as the One who offers Himself for our salvation.  Jesus crucified in the unequivocal sign of God’s love for the world.  “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  There is a universal value in this message.  We are not dealing with a love limited to a certain number of chosen persons, of the good, but of the world.  In giving His Son, God is thinking of every person.  His is the love of a Father who wants the salvation of all.  Christ crucified is the revelation of the infinite, mysterious love of God for humankind.

 

The faith that saves is faith in God’s love revealed on the cross.  Herein lays our fundamental option.  Our destiny depends on our faith or its refusal in the face of the love revealed in Jesus.  We have here an invitation to leave aside a religiosity that is impersonal, superficial, and ritualistic in order to mature in a personal relationship with the Lord.  We have not been saved en masse, but loved one by one.  Thus the gift of salvation evokes a personal response to the Lord, a response of faith and of love. 

 

In the last part of the passage, Jesus reveals important truths about judgment.  There is above all a consoling affirmation.  God sent His Son Jesus not to condemn the world but to save it.  Confronted with today’s pessimism, this affirmation is a ray of hope.  God’s glory is always human beings fully alive.

 

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will thank God for His total and universal love that desires the salvation of all.

 

Lord, grant that the awareness of the totality of Your love may lead me to love everyone and desire the eternal salvation of every person, especially those with whom I live and work.

 

The voice of Ermes Ronchi, Religious

 

In our daily existence that is sometimes grey, sometimes tragic, sometimes very complicated and in which we have to attend to a hundred things that reach us from every side, God’s light is love.  We must orient ourselves to this light if we do not want to fail in the true aim of our existence.  We want so much to be able to say, ‘God is here…God is like this…’ but it is not possible.  God Himself leaves our pictures and the icons and hides in anyone in need of us and says, ‘Here I am!’  He hides in the little ones of the earth and says, ‘Look for me here!’

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