Homily: God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son
By Monsignor Peter Jeffrey:
Today’s Gospel from the 3rd chapter of John is one of my favourite passages from the New Testament. “Yes, God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not be lost but may have eternal life!”
It is hard to think of a more comforting statement than that description of the extent of God’s love for each of us. He is our tremendous lover!
On the one hand, while gazing at the bloodstained figure of Jesus on the cross, we are reminded of both the destructiveness of sin but also, and more importantly, that the cross demonstrates to each of us personally that God is our tremendous lover.
When we gaze at the crucified one with the eyes of faith, we open our hearts to a deeper realization that in Christ, because of His love, we have the hope of everlasting life.
Christ in His conversation with Nicodemus says He is ‘the Light’ that has come into the world. Like Nicodemus, we want to come into the light. Lent is a great opportunity to ask that the Light of Christ will shine on any dark spots in our lives. In our prayer after Communion today we will pray “God who enlightens everyone who comes into the world may illuminate our hearts with the splendour of His grace so that we may love Him with all sincerity”.