April 10, 2013

The Gospel for Today

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

Jn. 3:16-21

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.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Reflection (Sem. Alfredo Dimaano, Jr.)

Perhaps one of the more popular Bible verses is John 3:16 maybe because it is a testament of God’s supreme love and generosity for us. For a God who has already done the ultimate sacrifice of giving His Begotten Son, there is no room for doubt that He truly cares for us.

We Filipinos like items offered to be paid in installment basis. Whatever item it is sold by our neighborhood friend, we often hear the seller say: “You can pay that in ‘two gives’, ‘four gives’, etc. We love installments; it is easy on the pocket and more practical. I am grateful that the Father is not a fan of “installments” as He gave His Son at the proper time for our salvation. He redeemed us with one, big, and tremendous “give” (and not “two or three gives”). If He only considered what was practical, we would not have been saved by Christ. But God does not operate in the same economics that we do. It was no less than Jesus, His Most Precious, whom He sent. Indeed, we were bought at a high cost.

“What can I give?” I posed this question to myself. As God has given His Beloved, how should I respond to that? As Jesus had laid down His life on the cross, I am moved to serve Him by laying down my life, too: offering my personal dreams, forgetting the comforts that I enjoy before, striving to follow His path, and committing myself to be faithful daily. His Death and Resurrection have brought mankind to salvation and I believe, it is also in dying to myself and the worldly attachments that I may begin to truly fulfill my promise to Him.

My response is to give my very ALL in everything that I do, not in installment basis. The Father has given us His all, His everything. How must I respond? I must respond in faith. I must believe entirely in Jesus that I may attain life eternal as He has promised.

Two-gives or three gives, anyone? Let us give all that we have got.

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