John 3:13-17 Reflection – Merciful Eyes of Jesus

Reflection on John 3:13-17 ~

Despite the violence that surround us we believe that Jesus has saved the world. We have to remember Moses’s Seraph in the desert – one had to look directly at it after being bitten (sins) to be saved from death. Although by God’s Grace over time, our sins may have grown smaller, we continue to be bitten. This is why salvation is more than a onetime saying of “Jesus is my Savior.” As believers, like Nicodemus, we have to constantly remember to look directly at the merciful eyes of Jesus to ask for forgiveness.

Interview between Jesus and Nicodemus James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumInterview between Jesus and Nicodemus, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum


Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

John 3  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 3:13-17.