by Fr. Julius C. Lupot
UST Graduate School
READINGS: 2 Chronicles 36: 14-16. 19-23 / Psalm 137: 1-2. 3. 4-5. 6 / Ephesians 2: 4-10
JOHN 3: 14-21
HIS WORDâ€¦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. my wordsâ€¦We are now on the Fourth Sunday of Lent and we are nearing the Holy Week Celebration which is the apex and mother of all Lenten reflections, meditations, and prayers. And fittingly enough, the gospel of John says so as the apex also of the Good News of salvation history; for in John 3:16, this writer of the Good News summarizes what the GOSPEL is all about:
â€œFor 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 LIFEâ€¦â€ = G O S P E L
What does John 3:16 imply? It simply tells us that â€œSalvationâ€ solely comes from GOD; it is His own initiative, it His own action, it His own offer of salvation to the whole of humanity, it is â€œpurely graceâ€. Hence, our action is simply to RESPOND to Godâ€™s grace of salvation by living the life that Jesus has initiated, has done, and has completed for us by His death and resurrection. That is why the Holy Week Reflections, Meditations, and Prayers are centered on this great summary of St. John the Evangelist. It is indeed a very comprehensive recapitulation of what God has done for us, sinners; restoration of â€œlifeâ€ for us who are dead in sin.
Brothers and Sisters, LIFE is a gift from God. Saving our life is also a gift from Him. What more can we do than to be FAITHFUL to HIM for He has given us everything that is good. That is why EASTER SUNDAY is a â€œvictoryâ€ for us. Jesus Christ has won life for us by His resurrection from the dead. And that is the greatness of Godâ€™s love for all of us.
Brothers and Sisters, God has given us a gift and for this gift God has also asked us to respond with the challenge to do a â€œmissionâ€â€¦ and the mission is to proclaim that God is so good to us and this challenge of proclaiming Godâ€™s goodness should always be centered on His GOSPEL:
â€œFor 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.â€ John 3:16
LET US NOW GOâ€¦ AND PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL OF LIFEâ€¦