Daily Reflection – Apr 20, 2016
Wednesday 20 April 2016
O God, let all the nations praise you!
Psalm 66(67):2-3, 5-6, 8
Gospel Reading: John 12:44-50
Today’s Note: Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Jesus cried out and said,
“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me
but also in the one who sent me,
and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.
I came into the world as light,
so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.
And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them,
I do not condemn him,
for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.
Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words
has something to judge him: the word that I spoke,
it will condemn him on the last day,
because I did not speak on my own,
but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life.
So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”
Light has come into the world.
This theme automatically invites rejoicing and praise. When we experience the warmth and comfort of light and allow ourselves to luxuriate in its radiance, we are transformed, inwardly as well as physically. The disciples experienced the transformation. They rejoiced in Christ’s light, and in their excitement they told others. It was not simply excitement, but such a deeply profound experience of the light and its implications for everyone, that they were compelled to share it. Jesus had told them to, had taught them to, and now they were embracing that calling because they understood what it meant to live in the light. Do we experience our faith in this way? Are we being inwardly transformed? Are we so deeply moved that we have to share it? Does the depth of Easter truly live in our hearts and lives?