A Gospel Reflection
by Deacon Joe Coan
Wednesday, April 22nd
2nd Week of Easter
For God so loved the world that he gave his only 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 in him has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only 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 towards 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. John 3:16-21
Everybody who believes will live
Today's reading contains the famous verse that some call “the Bible within the Bible”:
“For God loved the world so much
that he gave his only son,
so that everyone who believes in him
may not die but have eternal life.”
This verse sums up the entire biblical message. It also affirms the two major biblical truths. First, God took the initiative to save us. Sometimes preachers give the impression that God is more interested in condemning than in saving. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Second, the verse affirms that God's initiative was motivated by love. God could not bear seeing his children wander farther and farther from home.
Are we totally convinced of God's fatherly love for us?
In the words St. Augustin: “God loves each one of us as if there was just one of us to love.”