Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Meditation for Today

For God so loved the world that He gave His only 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 Son of God. And this is the verdict, the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. Fore 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 tructh comes into the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

--John 3: 16-21

Gospel for April 26

The Cross of Christ

Although He was the light to enlighten all nations, Jesus was destined in His won day and in every age to be a sign disparaged, a sign oppressed, a sign of contradiction. This has been true of the prophets of Israel before him. It was true for John the Baptist and would be true of the lives of his future followers…

So the Cross becomes light; the Cross becomes salvation. Isn’t this perhaps the good news for the poor and for all who know the bitter taste of suffering? The cross of poverty, the cross of hunger, the cross of every other suffering can be transformed, since Christ’s Cross has become a light in our world. It is the light of hope and salvation. It gives meaning to all human suffering. It brings with it the promise of an eternal life, free from sorrow, free from sin. The Cross was followed by the Resurrection… And all who are united to the crucified and risen Lord can look forward to sharing in this selfsame victory.

--Agenda for the Third Millennium

April 26 Meditation

From A Year With John Paul II

I love John’s Gospel. His words, his cadences are almost like poetry. I love reading them out loud. I marvel at the concept that Christ is the Light of the World, our salvation, our hope, and yet we reject him, continuing to live in the darkness because we prefer our evil not be exposed.

And then there is John Paul II, echoing the theme that Jesus Christ came into this world to enlighten us and guide us. Our suffering has meaning because Jesus suffered and died for us. He saved us, so we now have the light of Hope.

As I grow older, I have come to appreciate the Light of Easter more and more, to realize the enormity of the sacrifice Jesus made, the magnificence of the gift given to us. Jesus gave us Himself and then left us the Church—first with the Apostles and then the other disciples, the Fathers of the Church, the great thinkers and writers and philosophers, even to the modern age. We have received an awesome legacy.