Readings for March 14, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Lent
2 Chronicles 2:4-10
Taking God’s Love Personally
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us,” St. Augustine of Hippo teaches. Pope Benedict XVI adds, “Each of us is the result of a thought by God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.” And Jesus, in teaching one of the great Jewish teachers of his day, Nicodemus, expounds on this far-reaching love of God–that he, the Son of God, was sent to redeem the world. And sometimes the greatest reflection I can undertake to internalize these lessons is simply to read these scripture passages “as if there were only one of us” and as if they were written just for me.
Please, then, pray the verses John 3:16-18 with me.
God so loves me that He gave me His only Son, so that when I believe in him, I might not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son to condemn me, but that I might be saved through him. If I believe in Jesus as Christ, I will not be condemned. But if I do not believe in him, I have already been condemned, because I have denied the name of the only Son of God.
Read. Reflect. Pray.
May I be drawn to the Light of Christ, so that all I do is visible to God. In Jesus’ name. Amen