Lent Wk 4th: Sunday,  Sunday, 11th March,2018  (Jn 3:14-19)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Purpose in Life: In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds Nicodemus that “judgment will come upon those who prefer darkness to the light” that offers Eternal Salvation and Happiness.  Without passing judgement pray for those who continue to turn away from God’s Light of Truth and Love”, Offer them to God’s Compassionate Love.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus said to Nicodemus: ‘As Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. 

‘No one who believes in him will be judged; but whoever does not believe is judged already, because that person does not believe in the Name of God's only Son. And the judgement is this: though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness to the light because their deeds were evil.’ 

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • God’s love for us, His children, is inexhaustible and infinite. The pain that God must have felt to see His Son crucified must have been truly great… but because He loves us all so much, He endures it all to save us. 

  • •In return, how do we show Jesus that we truly believe in Him?  We do so through our actions and deeds of helping the sick, lonely and oppressed, and keeping the Lord’s commandments.

  • •Those who abandon such people to their suffering, and those who stray from the Word of God cannot expect to be saved because they ‘prefer darkness to the light’.