Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, April 24, 2017

Reflection for Wednesday April 26, Second Week of Easter: John 3:16-21

Gospel: John  3:16-21
God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten 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-begotten 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.
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Reflection:
Can we be saved by simply believing in Jesus? Is it enough to believe and not live that belief?

We must believe and we must live and give substance to what we believe by making a positive difference in the lives of others and by detesting sin. For example, if we say that we love Jesus but we ignore the cry for help of those who are in need what then is the use of saying we believe in Jesus? If we say that we believe yet we continue to allow ourselves to be captured by the devil. What then is the use of our profession of belief in Jesus?

When we say we believe we should firmly stand by our word by detesting sin in whatever form. For the simple reasons that this is the only way to Jesus, we are simply fooling ourselves if we say we believe yet we continue to sin.

There are many of us who continue to say that we believe in Jesus but when testing comes around. We push aside the light of Jesus to plunge into the darkness to be in the company of the devil. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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