If I had to choose only one Gospel that would be the sole Scripture for me to use as a guide to nurture my faith, which one would I choose ? For me John’s Gospel would not be my first choice. While it has many wonderful stories about Jesus, there are many long and complicated sections as well. Sections like the Gospel we read today.
John has had many years to reflect on the meaning of Jesus Christ before he wrote his Gospel. Therefore he goes deep into the great truths of our faith and he seeks to reveal God’s awesome plan for us. I learn from John that God sent his only son that I might have eternal life which is God‘s own life within me. It’s a pure gift. I don’t earn it, nor can I explain it.
In these remaining days of Lent, let us take John’s words to heart. First, ask God to forgive any unfaithfulness on your part. Then, confident of God’s mercy, keep moving forward. Don’t dwell on the past. Don’t worry about any time lost or any blessing you may have missed. Grab hold of all the grace available to you today. It’s abundant, and it’s free !
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug