FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
March 14, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 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, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For 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 truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God. (John 3:14-21)
How shall I live this Word?
In the Gospel of this Sunday, called Laetare, we find one of the most beautiful and consoling phrases of the Bible, which highlight the reason for our joy: “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.” This theme of God’s love for us is also reiterated in the second reading: “God, rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, from dead that we were because of our sins, made us live again with Christ.” “It does not matter – wrote the philosopher Kierkegaard – to know if God exists; it matters to know if He is love.” And Scripture reassures us precisely about this: God is Love. In Jesus we find the highest expression of the love of God the Father. Jesus extends His arms to embrace us and lets Himself be nailed to the Cross. The Cross is a continuous embrace of love for me, for you, for everyone. And if we recognize ourselves in the sign of the cross, it is only because it reminds us of this irreversible Love with which God loved us. Jesus did not go up to the Cross to make us feel guilty, but to remind us how much we are loved. God just loves us. This is the madness of the cross! This is the scandal of God’s gratuitous love. God loves us without asking for anything in return, not even conversion. He loves us and leaves us free to correspond to this love. Today we should learn to allow ourselves to be re-educated by the gratuitousness of God’s love. When we feel loved freely, we allow ourselves to be transformed by this love. And from here only joy can spring, the joy which has its roots in the certainty of a Love without limits.
Lord Jesus, give me the awareness of Your Love. Grant that I may become aware of Your Love in me and welcome it. Grant that I may let You act in me to make the Father’s love concrete. Grant me a pure look, capable of reading the many signs of Love that every day translate into human love and find their source and fullness in You. With St. John I repeat today: “We have believed in Love”.
The Voice of Don Bosco
Joy is the most beautiful creature that came from God’s hands after love.
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