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
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