The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter
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. Eric Yabut)
Jesus came here not to condemn but to save humanity from their sinfulness. The Heavenly Father sent His only begotten Son to redeem the world. Through Jesus, salvation was attained.
There is an invitation to us during the recently – concluded Lent season to repent on our sins and to prepare for the resurrection of Christ. As we celebrate the 2nd week of Easter, it is good to ask ourselves about the changes that Christ did in our life after our Lenten sacrifices. How is my relationship with Christ now?
Lent makesme reflect on the wrongs that I have done to others and the mistakes that others have done to me. I cannot give what I do not have. I have been through a lot of pains caused by other people, and it pushes me to hurt others, also. While in the seminary formation, my relationship to Christ has made me change my ways by accepting my being and by loving the people who hurt me and those I hurt.
The formation helped me to become forgiving and it made me a generous, grateful, and worthy seminarian. Through Jesus, I experienced the love of the Father which I was now generously giving to others. The love of God made me thankful and grateful for I had Christ in me. Through my efforts to forgive others, it made me feel the worthiness of the forgiveness and salvation that the Father gave me. I am worthy of His promise, I am loved.
The Gospel invites us to become instruments of God in spreading the love and the Good News brought to us by the coming of Jesus our Savior.