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John 3:14-21

The Word of God

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 'For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 'Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.'

 

John 3:14-21
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    • This gospel stresses the importance of faith and is most consoling. All who believe in Jesus, who died and rose for us, have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world so that it might be saved, and not to condemn it. Jesus is the key to salvation.
    • All the blessings we long for are contained in Christ. We are prone to error and sin. But Jesus’ mercy and goodness towards us always rescues us.
    • Belief in Jesus is light – a light that illumines us and all around us. And yet some prefer to live in darkness, which is an indication that they are closed – perhaps due to sin. Such people don’t want the brightness of faith, which can show up their wrongdoing.
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    • God loved the world. This is my faith, Lord. Sometimes it seems to go against the evidence, when floods, earthquakes, droughts and tsunamis devastate poor people. Central to my faith is the figure of Jesus, lifted on the Cross, knowing what is was to be devastated and a failure, but offering himself in love for us.
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    • ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.’ Someone has said that if all the Scriptures had been lost except these eleven words, we would have enough to give us hope. God, I thank you for this statement of your love for us all.
    • Jesus is the light of the world. He enlightens everyone, often in mysterious ways which others cannot understand. An early Church writer says: ‘Sinners, deprived of the light, worship in the dark.’ I like that! Lord, let me live in the light that streams from you.
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    • The divine spark or presence is in each of us, called often the light of God. Prayer is the time we ‘switch on' this light, and allow ourselves become aware of the light of God filling us with love, forgiveness and healing. The light of God in each of us spreads to others, and it is through God's people that God's light mostly shines in the world. Prayer gives us a consciousness of that light, received and given.