2ND WEEK OF EASTER
1st Reading: Acts 5:17-26
The high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, “Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.” When they heard this, they went to the temple early in the morning and taught. When the high priest and his companions arrived, they convened the Sanhedrin, the full senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the jail to have them brought in. But the court officers who went did not find them in the prison, so they came back and reported, “We found the jail securely locked and the guards stationed outside the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard this report, they were at a loss about them, as to what this would come to. Then someone came in and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area and are teaching the people.” Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them, but without force, because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.
Gospel: Jn 3:16-21
God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
Jesus Christ, the light of the world: God is full of love to His creation. In the Old Testament, even after disobeying Him, He gave us the commandments that would shape our life. Later, He seeing that the commandments were not enough, He sent His only Begotten-Son to the world. He is the Light and anyone who believes in Him will have Eternal Life. What greater love can there be than this? Jesus dispells darkness. He conquers sin. He is the jope against world evils. Why do we find ourselves choosing darkness and rejecting light? The Sanhedrin threatens Peter desiring that he chooses darkness. However, Peter stands firm and chooses the Light. He is ready even to lose his life for the sake fo Eternal Life. As people of faith we need to let God help us live in the Light. Only then shall we inherit everlasting happiness in heaven.
Prayer: Jesus, enlighten my heart and mind that I may not walk in darkness.
GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD: God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. These lines are so much quoted by some churches because, in a sense, they capture the core of our Christian faith. The gospel text is the final part of the conversation of Jesus with Nicodemus. It captures the three important themes in the Gospel of John: life, light, and truth. These three themes are tied to one person: Jesus, the Son of God. This text offers one invitation; to believe in Him. Believing in Him, who is light and truth, we will have life. Do we feel moved from within by these divine truths? If not, why not? Is it that we think, the truth is an intellectual ideology, a dogma, or an article of the creed? No, it is a person. The person of Jesus, the Son of God.
JESUS THE LIFE AND LIGHT: The first reading is about the miraculous escape of Peter and John from prison because of preaching the good news about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They are helped by an angel of the Lord. In the Gospel we see a dialogue between Jesus (The true Light) and Nicodemus whose name means “raised by God”. They had dialogue about the rebirth of water and spirit. Jesus reveals himself as the love and light of God to the world. Dear friends as we read in today’s Gospel, God has given us a gift of life by sending his Son because of his love to the world. Those who believe in him are able to see the way, live the truth and have eternal life. Peter and the apostles who believed in Jesus never stopped proclaiming the good news.