Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF


It is often smile-worthy that those who oppose or reject Christianity, are often caught up in its images and impact.  Our BC/AD dating system is rooted in Christ.  Our medical profession is symbolized by the serpent on the cross, a precursor of Christ on the Cross on Calvary, where he died for the life and health of the world.  It is referred to in the ‘lifted up’ of today’s Gospel.  John refers to a spiritual birth by working of Holy Spirit that is given as result of Jesus being lifted up on the Cross. No one can stop the working of the Spirit and a spiritual rebirth. Jesus’ death opens the door for such a gift to anyone who looks up to him with trust.

The way of life that Jesus envisioned is described in the first reading from Acts.  It is the forerunner of community living as dreamed of by most founders of Religious Congregations.  Our prodigality may not reach the level of Barnabas’ action but we can benefit nonetheless from his ‘encouragement’.


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