Today’s gospel reading from St. John is one of my favorites.
In the beautiful opening line of this gospel reading I always feel that the
love of God is directed at me personally. Each of us who believe can
rightfully take these words as addressed to ourselves. God did love
me and you and all believers enough to send his son to the world.
Jesus carried out the plan for the salvation of each of us by his life, death,
and resurrection. His life here on earth is the embodiment of
God’s love for each of us.
If we choose to believe in God and follow his commandments and teaching, it seems to me that St. John is a wonderful model to follow. St. John’s gospel is often called the gospel of love. He makes love the subject of much of what he tells us about Jesus. His opening line in today’s gospel epitomizes the theme of the whole gospel. In these few well-chosen words St. John presents for our contemplation the greatest act of love ever recorded. The implication of the words: “he gave his only begotten Son” is profound. For we who believe, these words convey a love that is almost beyond our understanding. We look to St. John and the other apostles and all the saints who have gone before us. We look to them for the example of their belief and their fidelity in following Christ. We seek to learn from them how to imitate their example, and how to be true believers.
In this Easter season we rejoice with the risen Christ.
God’s plan for our salvation has been carried out. His wonderful act
of love for us has been completed with the resurrection of Christ.
Now it is up to us to thank God for his great love. We have worked
at the reform and renewal of our lives during Lent. Now it is up to
us to show him by the lives we lead that we are indeed grateful to God.
Let us pray that our lives may truly signify our love of God and our thanks
for his great love of us.
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