APRIL 15. EASTER. WK. 2. THU. JOHN 3. 31-36
Updated: Aug 29
John the Baptist said to his disciples:
‘He who comes from above is above all others;
he who is born of the earth is earthly himself
and speaks in an earthly way.
He who comes from heaven
bears witness to the things he has seen and heard,
even if his testimony is not accepted;
though all who do accept his testimony
are attesting the truthfulness of God,
since he whom God has sent
speaks God’s own words:
God gives him the Spirit without reserve.
The Father loves the Son
and has entrusted everything to him.
Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
but anyone who refuses to believe in the Son will never see life:
the anger of God stays on him.’
This reading is all about FAITH, and the need for Christians to BELIEVE in the teachings of Christ. John the Baptist was sent by God to proclaim “He who comes from above”. What follows from that proclamation is a duty to acknowledge him as God; - to listen to him as our Creator; - and to follow his teachings!
O how quickly we “forget” or “overlook” the simple and obvious truth we are creatures, and we have a Creator?
And the reason for this is we have this “inner desire” to control our own lives, and submit to nobody (even our Creator!); - a truth we keep hidden in the innermost depths of our heart!
And why do we keep it hidden? Because we know in our heart that, by this desire, we are deceiving ourselves; - as we know it is not in accord with Truth or reality.
We want to “be God”; - the one in control; - and follow our own desires and do our own will!
The truth is we are creatures, with a duty to acknowledge, worship and obey our Creator!
“Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life, but anyone who refuses to believe in the Son will never see life!” That is the message of the one who was sent by God to announce that our Saviour and Redeemer had arrived; - and would be proclaiming the Truth to all!
Why are we so reluctant to acknowledge what we know to be the Truth! That we have a creator, and that we have an obligation to both acknowledge him and obey him! WHY?
And we maintain this proud and selfish approach to our Creator even after being told: “Anyone who refuses to believe in the Son will never see life, as the anger of God stays on him!’
And we maintain this “attitude” even after our Creator became a man; - sacrificed his life on a Cross; - in order to bear witness to his Love, and make Divine Reparation for our Sins?
Gospel Acclamation John 20:29
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me;
happy are those who have not seen me, but still believe!
First reading Acts 5:27-33 · We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit
When the officials had brought the apostles in to face the Sanhedrin, the high priest demanded an explanation. ‘We gave you a formal warning’ he said ‘not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and seem determined to fix the guilt of this man’s death on us.’ In reply Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men; it was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus, but it was you who had him executed by hanging on a tree. By his own right hand God has now raised him up to be leader and saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins through him to Israel. We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’
This so infuriated them that they wanted to put them to death.