Wednesday, 15 April 2015

For God so loved you

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Sr Melanie Edwards. MGL sister  (No.107)

A reading from the holy gospel according to John (3:16-21)
“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.
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.  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. 
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. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 
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.”

I wonder if you read this verse without really reading it. Sounds strange, but given it is one of the most well-known verses in the entire bible, it is possible to gloss over it and not really allow the beauty and truth that it contains to penetrate our minds and hearts.  
Take a moment now and read the verse again.
This is a promise of love addressed to our world. It speaks of the one who brings light into darkness, hope into despair and life into death. But if we do not go a step further, there is a danger that we might understand this love to be external to our own experience, or to think that it is for everyone else except for us.
Now read it again, replacing the word ‘world’ with your own name.
This love is close and personal. God so loved the world that he sent his Son to die for you. This love may seem beyond comprehension and unfathomable, but it is true, and unconditional.
Continue to repeat the phrase ‘For God so loved (your name) that he gave his only Son,’ matching it to the timing of your breath. Notice what happens inside you as you allow it to resonate more deeply inside of you.

What response would you like to make to God for this gift of love?

Melanie Edwards MGL Sister

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: Malcolm Davies  Friday 17th April, 2015