28th of April

Publié le 27 Avril 2022

Gospel text

(Jn 3,31-36): 


He who comes from above is above all; he who comes from the earth belongs to the earth and his words, too, are earthly. The One who comes from heaven speaks of the things he has seen and heard; he bears witness to this but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever does receive his testimony acknowledges the truthfulness of God. The one sent by God speaks God's words and gives the Spirit without measure. For the Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything into his hands. Whoever believes in the Son lives with eternal life, but he who will not believe in the Son will never know life and always faces the justice of God.


The Application


Many of us are not very much far away from the then Jewish contemporaries of Jesus, including of the Apostles. We feel that we know everything and we wish to master even God, if possible. Jesus is inviting us to be humble and accept the divine will, as a way of beatitude. Believing in Jesus is, believing the way of the cross, as an imperative towards resurrection.


Jesus shows us two different worlds. He would have us, as God's children, to act divinely, recognising in Him the divine elements, the cross as the divine will for the salvation of the world. Cross is the essential part of this salvific plan. The people of this world cannot recognise the cross as the elements of heaven, because their thoughts are so limited by sensual or intellectual pleasure, that they do not believe anything other than what is palpable and visible or intelligible to human approach.


We already know that faith is a gift from God, yet we must know how to welcome it. By welcoming the spiritual elements that are in the hearts of men, we feel that we belong to God and we recognise his works in men. Divinely people see divine things, even in earthly elements. Are you divine in your approach?


Action of the day: Be humble.

«Whoever believes in the Son lives with eternal life»


Fr. Melcior QUEROL i Solà

(Ribes de Freser, Girona, Spain)


Today, the Gospel invites us to cease being so “worldly”, to stop being men who can only speak about mundane things, to speak and behave instead as «he who comes from above» (Jn 3:31), who is Jesus. In this text we see —once more— that in evangelic radicalism there is no happy medium. We must always strive to follow God's thinking, endeavor to share Christ's feelings and aim at seeing men and their circumstances with the same spirit of the Word made flesh. If we behave as “he who comes from above” we shall discover the multitude of positive things happening all the time around us, for God's love is a continued action in favor of man. If we come from above we shall love everybody without exception, and our life will be an open invitation for others to do the same.

«He who comes from above is above all» (Jn 3:31). This is why He can be so helpful to every man and woman where they need help; furthermore «the One who comes from heaven speaks of the things he has seen and heard» (Jn 3:32). And his service costs nothing. This attitude of service without expecting anything in return, without needing a reply from the others, creates a profoundly human and respectful ambiance towards each person's free will; this is a contagious attitude that freely impels others to respond and behave in very much the same way.

Service and testimony go always together, they identify one another. Our world needs authenticity: and what can be more authentic than God's words? what is there more authentic than He who «gives the Spirit without measure» (Jn 3:34)? This is why «whoever does receive his testimony acknowledges the truthfulness of God» (Jn 3:33).

“Believing in the Son” means to have eternal life; it also means that Judgement day is not hanging over believers because they have already been judged and received a favorable sentence; on the other hand, «he who will not believe in the Son will never know life and always faces the justice of God» (Jn 3:36)... until he believes.


Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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