Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF

Today we are nourished on what must be the most famous verse in the Bible, Jn 3:16. The entire Gospel comes to focus in this verse. God’s love is not self-centred, but it reaches out and draws others in. God proved to the humanity that His love was sincere by paying dearly with the life of his own beloved Son.  If God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son for the life of the world, then what have we to fear?  The forces of greed and violence, both rooted in fear, are ranged to destroy us but God’s message still echoes: Fear not!  We grow up with condemnation, and we fear we are never good enough, but the Gospel reminds us that Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save. 

The first reading invites us to believe in God’s loving power to unlock our real and metaphorical prisons and set us free to preach the resurrection with our lives. That is the new inner light lit in our hearts by the resurrection – be willing to pay with our lives, comforts and advantages, so that others may encounter and receive God’s love. As we are exposed to the light of resurrection, it opens the eyes towards an ‘eternal perspective’ of the events and choices of our life, inspiring us to obey God and do what is right.


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