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March 15, 2015: Fourth Sunday of Lent

Light shining through the trees at peaceful Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Plan now to attend the Body Prayer workshop Aug. 24-26, 2012.

What difference will walking with Jesus, the Light of the World, make in my life this week?

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

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. (John 3:14-21)

Reflection:

Jesus came into our world not to judge and condemn, but to forgive and save. Today’s Gospel, a word that means “good news,” promises that if we believe in God’s Son, Jesus, we will be given eternal life through him. Jesus is our light, and we choose him (rather than darkness) because he has first chosen and loves us.

Action:

What do you think it means to choose “darkness”? Have you ever done something that you were ashamed of and did not want others to know about? I ask Jesus to strengthen my faith and to help my love for him grow. I want everything that I do to be “in the light.” I tell him that I don’t understand exactly what this means, but I ask him to teach me. What difference will walking with Jesus, the Light of the World, make in my life this week?

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Alice Quinlan

Alice Quinlan is a retired educator who lives in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Village and volunteers at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

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