Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Eagle Eye of St. John

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani  (No.90)    

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God. (John 3:14-21)

The Gospel of John:     
‘Each of the four Gospels is represented in art by a symbol. For John it is an eagle. It alone of all living creatures can look straight into the sun and not be dazzled, and John has the most penetrating gaze of all the New Testament writers into the eternal mysteries and the eternal truths and the very mind of God. Many people find themselves closer to God and to Jesus Christ in John than in any other book in the world.’ (William Barclay)

The liturgical calendar shifts to the Gospel of John for these last two weeks of Lent, leading into Holy Week. 

One of the most famous texts in the New Testament – and possibly the bible – can be found in the Gospel of John.

If we Google ‘John 3:16’ we come up with 74,100,000 results in 0.25 seconds. Because it encapsulates the Gospel message, countless books, articles, essays, sermons, bible tracts, commentaries and blog posts has explored its meaning. 

Yet sometimes we can hear something so often we no longer listen. With the help of William Barclay, here are three points we could reflect on today:

·        God didn’t send Jesus into the world to soften God’s heart towards us.
·        God sent Jesus to reveal how His heart is already overflowing with love for us.
·        God’s love isn’t only for the ‘good guys’, it’s for each individual in the whole world.

In the words of St. Augustine: ‘God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love.’

Susanne Timpani

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Melanie Edwards Wednesday 18th March, 2015