This is today’s gospel with commentary from the Irish Catholic Bishops’ website.
Gospel John 3:31-36
The Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything to him.
John the Baptist said to his disciples:
‘He who comes from above
is above all others;
he who is born of the earth
is earthly himself and speaks in an earthly way.
He who comes from heaven
bears witness to the things he has seen and heard,
even if his testimony is not accepted;
though all who do accept his testimony
are attesting the truthfulness of God,
since he whom God has sent
speaks God’s own words:
God gives him the Spirit without reserve.
The Father loves the Son
and has entrusted everything to him.
Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
but anyone who refuses to believe in the Son will never see life:
the anger of God stays on him.’
The Gospel of the Lord
Gospel Reflection Thursday, Second Week of Easter
The gospel reading puts before us some very striking statements about Jesus. He comes from above, from heaven, and bears witness to what he has seen and heard there. He speaks God’s own words. God gives him the Spirit without reserve. God the Father has entrusted everything to his Son. All of these statements claim that Jesus has a unique relationship with God. He is the full revelation of God. That is why the reading ends with the declaration that all who believe in Jesus have eternal life, the life of God. Here and now they already share in the life of God which Jesus brings us. Eternal life is not just a life that begins after death. It already exists with God and his Son and it is received here and now by those who believe in God’s Son. Eternal life, this sharing in the life of God, begins now and will extend beyond the barrier of physical death into the undying life of God. The claims of the gospel reading about Jesus and about what he offers us take time to absorb, so striking and powerful are these claims. If what the gospel reading says is true then how we respond to Jesus, the one whom God has sent into the world, is of enormous significance. The most important decision we can make in life is to believe in the one God has sent into the world and allow that belief to shape the whole pattern of our life.
The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS: To know the love of Christ 2016/2017 by Martin Hogan published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie