Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF

Many people consider John 3:16 to be one of the greatest verses in the Bible. Not without reason. For, it sums up succinctly God’s “Project Human.” God wants everyone to come to know and believe in Him through Jesus Christ so that everyone merits eternal life. For this purpose He sent His only Son. It is important to note that this project of God involves only blessing and salvation, not condemnation. It is not God’s desire to split the human race into good ones and bad ones. It is not God who judges, but we receive judgment on ourselves by the kind of choices we make. God comes into the world as its light, but we can choose to love darkness and hide from God’s light thereby heaping up condemnation on ourselves, a condemnation which is a natural consequence of our choice. God does not discriminate, but we do—by our choices. Observe the choices you are inclined to make today: do they tend towards light or darkness?

Today is also the day of St. Joseph, the Worker. In some countries, today is aptly marked “Labour Day.” St. Joseph was called to participate in God’s creative and redemptive works. Caring for the Son of God and providing for the Holy Family was Joseph’s “Project Human.” What is your God-given “Project Human”? How do you collaborate with God in His project of redemption of the world?  


(Note: This reflection is a revised and updated version of the author’s own reflection for the same readings in the Bible Diary 2013 [Claretian Publications]. All rights reserved. He may be contacted at:


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