30th MARCH 2022

Do You Really Love God? – Epsilon Omega Gamma

WEDNESDAY, FOURTH WEEK OF LENT

 

Is 49: 8-15;                 Ps 145: 8-9, 13-14, 17-18;                 Jn 5: 17-30


HOW MUCH DO I LOVE GOD?

 

Today, due to the rise of technology and many such factors, we are connected one to another. There are global connections between nations that support and promote growth in the economy. For smooth functioning of such relations, there are usually ambassadors of countries who reside in the host nation, and represent their country and promote their interests. Such an ambassador receives immense respect and is treated highly by the host nation.

John, in his gospel, tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). Jesus becomes the ambassador who came into this world to restore us to that glorious life in paradise that we lost, thanks to the ancient act of disobedience. Through Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection, we, who were suffocating in sin, have been saved and brought back to eternal life, a life in communion with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Today’s gospel presents Jesus as an apprentice at the Father’s workshop. Just as an apprentice imitates the master, Jesus too mentions that the Son does only what he sees the Father do. His mission can be defined as ‘giving life’ and ‘judging.’ The judgement is in favour of those who heed his words, and is against the stiff-necked. Thus, today’s gospel also resounds in an eschatological tone.

The final message that we need to take home today is that the words that the Lord spoke to us are words that grant us life, and save us from condemnation; John rightly reminds us that those who love God obey his words (1 Jn 2:3). God’s love for us provides comfort and mercy, guides, protects and grants all that is needed for our daily sustenance. In this regard what is our love towards God in return? Do we love him enough to be determined to always act according to his will?


Response: The Lord is kind and full of compassion.


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