Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
Today’s Gospel Reading (John 3:16-21) basically sums up the core belief of our Christian Faith – God sent the Son not to condemn the world, but to save it.
This message of hope is what the world needs to hear. God offers salvation in Christ to everyone, but he loves us so much that he grants us the freedom to believe or not. Like any gift, salvation can be rejected or taken for granted. Just like the high priest and his companions in todays’ First Reading (Acts 5:17-26), who did not believe that Jesus was who he said he was. Even after the Apostles are mysteriously released from prison, it does not change the minds of the Jewish leaders about who the risen Christ is. They are blinded jealousy, pride, envy, and fear.
The Penitent Saint Peter (1612-13) by Jusepe de Ribera
How often have we let our pride, shame, or fear keep us from the sacramental graces? When we cut ourselves off from these sources of grace, we are choosing darkness. God the Father sent his Son into the world to save the world. It is up to us to accept the abundance of grace we are offered in the Sacraments of the Church. AMEN.
Peace be with you!