Reflection on John 3:14-21
I am sure you have experienced stepping outside in the dark of the evening and looking up at a light to have seen moths and other bugs attracted to it. This is the metaphor experience we should be having ourselves when to look at or think of the Cross. There in front of us, within the darkness of the world that surrounds us, is a wondrous light ready to shine brightly on and deeply into us. This light can flush away our vices and bring to the surface glorious virtues.
Interview between Jesus and Nicodemus, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 3 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Nicodemus Visits Jesus
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. 18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 3:14-21.