Daily Gospel Reflection for May 1, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: John 3:31-36

In considering the text of today’s Gospel, I went looking for some sense of context for this portion of John 3 by reading the entire chapter. The endnotes from the USCCB state of this portion that, “It is uncertain whether these are words by the Baptist, Jesus, or the evangelist. They are reflections on the two preceding scenes.”

No wonder I’m confused.

Today’s passage follows immediately on the heels of the final witness of John the Baptist (John 3:22-30) and the compelling words, “He must increase; I must decrease.” And then we have this straightforward statement on the nature of Jesus that, “The one who comes from above is above all.” Whether that line and those that follow are John the Baptist’s words, or Jesus’ or the evangelist’s doesn’t truly matter in the end. It’s what they say that matters. And particularly the last few lines:

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.

Could it be more clear? Believe, obey, and have life everlasting.

Ponder:

Do you ever struggle to truly believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ? What shores you up or encourages you in your beliefs?

Pray:

Father, you sent your son Jesus to live, to die, and to rise for us. You love us so abundantly. Help me to not only profess my love for Jesus with my words, but truly to act constantly out of my belief in you, in your goodness, in your love. 

Copyright 2014 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

1 Comment

  1. What struck me was the bit about obedience. Belief is easy enough for me, but obedience? Not so much. It requires humility and even discipline. This passage is a good reminder of the importance of both.

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