March 14, 2021: Fourth Sunday of Lent
Gospel Reading: John 3:14-21
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.
God has a love inspired plan for humanity. A plan not of judgment and condemnation but of love, compassion and kindness. A plan of salvation. God has sent his Son, Jesus, to fulfill this plan. It is up to us to accept it. To choose the light of Christ or to choose evil. We can climb to the light or slip into darkness. It takes effort on our part to choose correctly. God’s love is freely given, over and over again. It is up to us to accept or reject it.
Lent is an opportunity to deepen our faith through prayer, Scripture reading and also through our actions. As you are able this week, reach out to someone who may be alone or have limited contact with others. Call and talk to them. Listen to their needs and offer help if appropriate. Laugh with them if possible. Bring light to their world. It will light up yours as well.