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EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL LIVE

Today’s Gospel Reading: John 3:16-21 – SECOND WEEK OF EASTER: Wednesday, 11 April 2018

This Gospel 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” (John 3:16).

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 affirms that God’s initiative was motivated by love. God could not bear seeing His children wander farther and farther from home.

Now, let us ask ourselves: “Are we totally convinced of God’s fatherly love for us?” A quote from the teaching of Saint Augustine of Hippo: “God loves each one of us as if there was just one of us to love.”

Jakarta, 11 April 2018

A Christian Pilgrim

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THE DISCIPLES CAUGHT 153 FISH

Today’s Gospel Reading: John 21:1-14 – EASTER FRIDAY: 6 April 2018

One effect of the Resurrection was the eventual split of the Christian Church away from Judaism. Judaism was conservative because it was built around the Torah Law. That Torah Law could be applied, interpreted and adapted but the psychological posture was that of preserving and keeping the Law. By contrast, Christianity thrust outward from the start. Unlike Judaism, it was intensely missionary. The disciples were sent to all nations (the probable reference of the 153 fish).

The early Church had no hesitation in creating new offices, new rules, rearranging the Jewish liturgy to suit it own purposes and to speak in God’s name. The reason for such energy and creativity was that at its center was not the Torah Law but the Holy Spirit of the Risen Lord Himself.¬† The Christian Church has a dynamic center. At the center of our spiritual life is not an empty tomb or Torah Law but the Risen Lord Himself. His Spirit is present in our hearts urging us toward deeper faith and wider love.

The spiritual vigor at the center of the Church derives not from a thing, but from a Person — the Risen Lord.

Jakarta, 6 April 2018

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JOHN 1:1

Jakarta, 3 February 2018

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JOHN 14:6

Jakarta, 11 February 2018

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JOHN 3:3

Jakarta, 1 December 2017

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JOHN 3:17

Jakarta, 18 October 2017

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John 13:34

Jakarta, 9 October 2017

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