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John 3:16-21

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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 judgment, 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 3:16-21
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    • Prayer saves me – from being puffed up, unforgiven, and lonely. God wants to save the world from all that is evil, bad, sinful. He wants to save us from the worst sides of ourselves. He does this by love and compassion, not by correction or rebuke
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    • To live the message of John’s Gospel requires that one move from the shadows of darkness into the light. To stake our life on Jesus - the promised gift of God - is to know now this life of God, moving, living and acting in us today.
    • Jesus, you are the face of God revealed, a light shining out in our darkened world. I move between the shadow lands of darkness and light. With each daily encounter, may the relationship between us deepen. Let me see as you see, love as you love, and, by my actions, radiate your light to the world.
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    • It has been said that if all the Gospels were lost except the first verse in this passage, we would have enough to survive. ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son!’ This is the heart of the Good News, and I must be eternally grateful for it.
    • Another way to sum up the New Testament is the little word ‘FOR’. God is totally ‘for’ us, and asks us to be totally ‘for’ him and ‘for’ one another. There are no strings or stings attached to God’s loving. Nor must there be any strings or stings in the quality of my loving.
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    • /God gave his son/. Only-begotten, the only son of the eternal father. The words father, son and begetting are human metaphors for the mysterious dynamic of the Blessed Trinity. We believe that God intervened in human history and gave his only son to show that his attitude to us is that of a loving parent.
    • Prayer may be compared to a time of opening ourselves to the light of God, like sunning ourselves in the warmth of the sun, the gentle and bright light which illuminates us completely. In prayer, the light of God enters totally into a person in a way which lightens the burdens of life, and which encourages us to share light with others. It can help in prayer to imagine the light surrounding us and to be reminded that this light surrounds us outside prayer also.
    • Prayer moments bring us into the 'beyond', the world of love, of mystery and of endurance. Jesus speaks of his relationship with God his Father and the one who already has this life of his by faith. We live in the new world of God when we love; when we love others and love God. Prayer is relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.
    • God loves the world, loves each one of us, loves me. This is the whole message of Jesus, expressed in his words and embodied, directly or indirectly, in the whole of his life. As one theologian has said about his message, 'There just isn't anything else'. Am I convinced of this myself?
    • Thinking of myself in the presence of Jesus, one on one, like Nicodemus in this scene, do I experience myself as found wanting, condemned - or, even in my darkness, loved through and through and invited into the light?
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    • /God gave his son/. Only-begotten, the only son of the eternal father. The words father, son and begetting are human metaphors for the mysterious dynamic of the Blessed Trinity. We believe that God intervened in human history and gave his only son to show that his attitude to us is that of a loving parent.
    • Prayer may be compared to a time of opening ourselves to the light of God, like sunning ourselves in the warmth of the sun, the gentle and bright light which illuminates us completely. In prayer, the light of God enters totally into a person in a way which lightens the burdens of life, and which encourages us to share light with others. It can help in prayer to imagine the light surrounding us and to be reminded that this light surrounds us outside prayer also.
    • Prayer moments bring us into the 'beyond', the world of love, of mystery and of endurance. Jesus speaks of his relationship with God his Father and the one who already has this life of his by faith. We live in the new world of God when we love; when we love others and love God. Prayer is relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.
    • God loves the world, loves each one of us, loves me. This is the whole message of Jesus, expressed in his words and embodied, directly or indirectly, in the whole of his life. As one theologian has said about his message, 'There just isn't anything else'. Am I convinced of this myself?
    • Thinking of myself in the presence of Jesus, one on one, like Nicodemus in this scene, do I experience myself as found wanting, condemned - or, even in my darkness, loved through and through and invited into the light?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • /God gave his son/. Only-begotten, the only son of the eternal father. The words father, son and begetting are human metaphors for the mysterious dynamic of the Blessed Trinity. We believe that God intervened in human history and gave his only son to show that his attitude to us is that of a loving parent.
    • Prayer may be compared to a time of opening ourselves to the light of God, like sunning ourselves in the warmth of the sun, the gentle and bright light which illuminates us completely. In prayer, the light of God enters totally into a person in a way which lightens the burdens of life, and which encourages us to share light with others. It can help in prayer to imagine the light surrounding us and to be reminded that this light surrounds us outside prayer also.
    • Prayer moments bring us into the 'beyond', the world of love, of mystery and of endurance. Jesus speaks of his relationship with God his Father and the one who already has this life of his by faith. We live in the new world of God when we love; when we love others and love God. Prayer is relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.
    • God loves the world, loves each one of us, loves me. This is the whole message of Jesus, expressed in his words and embodied, directly or indirectly, in the whole of his life. As one theologian has said about his message, 'There just isn't anything else'. Am I convinced of this myself?
    • Thinking of myself in the presence of Jesus, one on one, like Nicodemus in this scene, do I experience myself as found wanting, condemned - or, even in my darkness, loved through and through and invited into the light?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • /God gave his son/. Only-begotten, the only son of the eternal father. The words father, son and begetting are human metaphors for the mysterious dynamic of the Blessed Trinity. We believe that God intervened in human history and gave his only son to show that his attitude to us is that of a loving parent.
    • Prayer may be compared to a time of opening ourselves to the light of God, like sunning ourselves in the warmth of the sun, the gentle and bright light which illuminates us completely. In prayer, the light of God enters totally into a person in a way which lightens the burdens of life, and which encourages us to share light with others. It can help in prayer to imagine the light surrounding us and to be reminded that this light surrounds us outside prayer also.
    • Prayer moments bring us into the 'beyond', the world of love, of mystery and of endurance. Jesus speaks of his relationship with God his Father and the one who already has this life of his by faith. We live in the new world of God when we love; when we love others and love God. Prayer is relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.
    • God loves the world, loves each one of us, loves me. This is the whole message of Jesus, expressed in his words and embodied, directly or indirectly, in the whole of his life. As one theologian has said about his message, 'There just isn't anything else'. Am I convinced of this myself?
    • Thinking of myself in the presence of Jesus, one on one, like Nicodemus in this scene, do I experience myself as found wanting, condemned - or, even in my darkness, loved through and through and invited into the light?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • /God gave his son/. Only-begotten, the only son of the eternal father. The words father, son and begetting are human metaphors for the mysterious dynamic of the Blessed Trinity. We believe that God intervened in human history and gave his only son to show that his attitude to us is that of a loving parent.
    • Prayer may be compared to a time of opening ourselves to the light of God, like sunning ourselves in the warmth of the sun, the gentle and bright light which illuminates us completely. In prayer, the light of God enters totally into a person in a way which lightens the burdens of life, and which encourages us to share light with others. It can help in prayer to imagine the light surrounding us and to be reminded that this light surrounds us outside prayer also.
    • Prayer moments bring us into the 'beyond', the world of love, of mystery and of endurance. Jesus speaks of his relationship with God his Father and the one who already has this life of his by faith. We live in the new world of God when we love; when we love others and love God. Prayer is relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.
    • God loves the world, loves each one of us, loves me. This is the whole message of Jesus, expressed in his words and embodied, directly or indirectly, in the whole of his life. As one theologian has said about his message, 'There just isn't anything else'. Am I convinced of this myself?
    • Thinking of myself in the presence of Jesus, one on one, like Nicodemus in this scene, do I experience myself as found wanting, condemned - or, even in my darkness, loved through and through and invited into the light?