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AHC B Living The Truth Reflection - Hebrew Catholics

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“Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature”

(Mark 16: 15)

Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so, remain
close to Him. The following are only examples illustrating how you can note
the gems the Holy Spirit highlights for your on-going reflection.

Living The Truth

Lent 4 Year B           John 3: 13 — 21

1.   “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must
      the
Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes
      in him may
have eternal life.” (John 3: 14).

Some writers have mistakenly taught that images have no place in
Jewish spirituality. That is an unfortunate error. God established at
Creation the correct principle of relationship between the seen and
the unseen. “God created man in His image. In the image of God He
created him.” (Genesis 1: 27). We are to look upon the created and
give homage to the Creator.

Jesus reminds His listeners that God gave the Israelites an image
(a serpent) to gaze upon and be saved by God for doing so. He then
predicts His death by which mankind will be saved if they believe in Him.

Some Christians love to look at a crucifix to give expressions to this.
Others recall inwardly how the Lord died for our sin. What is essential
is that doing so whatever means is appropriate for us, increases
our faith and thus increases the Life of Christ within us.

2.   “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so
      that
everyone who believes in him might not perish but
      might have
eternal life.” (John 3: 16).

Many of us learnt this in various translations. It contains a magnificent
truth which will help us persevere through difficult situations. Many a
martyr went willingly to their death, persevering in the most horrific
tortures that could be invented, reciting this great and eternal truth.

May it never stop echoing within our souls.

3.   “….. whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that
       his works
may be clearly seen as done in God.” (John 3: 21)

The venerable Nicodemus lived a devout and holy life — one of the
few senior authorities in Israel who remained untainted by corruption
and power-seeking. He was drawn to Jesus and risked much to visit
Him one evening to engage in a rabbi-to-rabbi discussion. He left our
Lordꞌs dwelling, his mind and soul ablaze with the Light of his new-
found Master. This can be our experience too.

Our Lord gives us a straight-forward standard by which we can be
seen as His disciples:

     We are to dwell with Him, remain in union with
     Him and thus be enlightened by Him, so that our
     “works may be clearly seen as done in God”.

Let us pray for one another to help make this a reality in the Church.

 

Shalom!

 

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