Light came into the World
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2nd Week of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 5:17-26 Gospel: John 3:16-21
Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world; instead, through him the world is to be saved. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned. He who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.
This is how the Judgment is made: Light has come into the world and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For whoever does wrong hates the light and doesn’t come to the light for fear that his deeds will be shown as evil. But whoever lives according to the truth comes into the light so that it can be clearly seen that his works have been done in God.
(Daily Gospel in
the Assimilated Life
Those accustomed to darkness need time to adjust to the light. By analogy, people who are used to evil deeds need time to adjust to the ways of Christ. There are hardened sinners, however, who insist on their deeds of darkness even if given sufficient time to embrace Christ’s light. These are those who “do not come to the light for fear that their deeds will be shown as evil” (today’s Gospel reading).
Most of us are not the hardened sinners referred to in today’s Gospel reading. We are just hooked to evil habits. The following nursery rhyme reflects how difficult it is to free ourselves from bad habits.
“HABIT is hard to remove. Remove H, and you still have ‘a bit’. Remove A, and you still have ‘bit’. Remove B and you still have it!”
This nursery rhyme is not without basis. Some people who claim they have accepted the light still harbor ill feelings toward their fellowmen. This is a clear sign that they are still tied to the old habits of the heart. Consider the following testimony:
“I’m so glad I got religion because finally I found the light. I have an uncle I used to hate so much I vowed never to show up at his funeral. But now that I found the light of Christ, oh well, I’d be happy to go to the funeral the soonest that he dies”. She said she found the light but she sounded like she was in a hurry to see her uncle dead.
If you are not the hardened sinner referred to in today’s Gospel, embracing the light is not your problem but breaking free from bad habits. Supplant these with the good habit of seeking God’s Will in everything you do. As abrupt light can be glaring, God’s ways can be suffocating if they have not become part of your system. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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