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.
For God did not send his Son into the world
to condemn the world, but that the world might
be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not
be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already
been condemned, because he has not believed in the
name of the only Son of God. And this is
the verdict, that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light, because their works
were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the
light and does not come toward the light, so
that his works might not be exposed. But whoever
lives the truth comes to the light, so that his
works may be clearly seen as done in God.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you know my
needs better than I do. I turn to your Spirit
to teach me what to ask for in this
prayer. I want to fulfill your holy will over my
life. I love you, Lord, and I place all
my hope in you.
increase my faith in the power of the Resurrection.
God Loves the World: The tsunami that struck the Indian
Ocean countries in 2004 and the earthquake in Haiti
in 2010 provoked many people to question God’s goodness.
How could he, if he is good, have permitted such
a catastrophe? But what does our faith teach us?
That God loves the world, so much that he sent
his only Son. Evil in the world is real
and present, and such massive casualties show that nature
herself cooperates with the power of death. But that power
is being broken. The first decisive blow to the
chain that binds the world was Christ’s death on
the cross. The execution of Our Lord was the greatest
act of moral evil history can ever see, but
through God’s power, it has become the source of
eternal life for us all, as we now celebrate in
this Easter season. Through the power of the Resurrection,
we are journeying towards the ultimate defeat of suffering
2. Sin Is the Worst Evil: The physical
evil brought by a natural disaster is terrible. But sin
is worse. This Gospel reading reminds us of souls
who consciously choose evil. The irony is that people
make this choice pursuing some form of self-fulfillment. Instead
of fulfillment, they encounter the emptiness of a life
that carries with it the burden of self-imposed condemnation. They
live in darkness as opposed to the light. If
we knew someone who freely chose to live in
a darkened cave, we would think that person nothing short
of insane. But where are the dark patches in
our own lives?
3. Christ Leads Us Towards the Light:
Christ’s body had been physically destroyed through the evil
decisions and cruelty of men. When the risen Lord appeared
to the apostles in the Upper Room, his new
life of glory pointed in a new direction, and they
were flooded with the vision of where we are
heading. Through our life in the Church, we are
heading to a renewal of all things in Christ, in
which death will be no more, and where every
tear will be wiped away. The physical evil of
natural disasters and the moral evil of sin may try
to challenge our faith. But they are the last
gasps of a defeated enemy. Let us take heart! We
are headed to the light, where Christ is King
and Lord of all.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I long to live in the light. Banish
from my soul all darkness of sin or disbelief.
At times I struggle to see the pattern of your
divine plan. But through my faith, I know that
you are love and mercy and you are guiding us
towards the light that will never end.
Resolution: I will renew my spiritual vision
of the world by frequently lifting my mind up to
God during the day.