April 30, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

John 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. Randy Buquis):

     In one commentary, it says that “the greatness of love is not in its clinging on to the beloved but its capacity to give space to the point of letting go of the beloved in order for the beloved to give a meaningful life”. When we talk about life it involves relationship, relation to other, to ourselves and to God. This is clear as the Gospel today that says, God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.

     It is good to ask ourselves now: How is our relationship to others? How do we live our life with others and to God? How do we appreciate this life that was given to us as a sign of the love of God for us?

     God is always watching us and is always with us. The challenge for me is to be what God wants me to be, to follow what He wants me to do. This will happen if I’m going to listen Him through prayer. To live, as God is God for the living. Sometimes, I tend to follow my own wants and condition myself to think of “me”, “my need” and “my fulfilment” before all else. The invitation for me is to give all or nothing when God asks of them. If I don’t have the courage to give, I will let myself surrender fully and without hesitations.

   The Gospel today is also inviting me to the spirituality of abandonment – full surrender to God’s will. Looking for the desire of God in everyday way of living. Being faithful to the graces that I receive being responsive to it according to my own capabilities. As Jean Pierre De Caussade would say: God arranged for us the experiences of each moment which is the best and holiest thing that could happen to us.

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