Taste and See: Life conquers death

Crucifix, LisieuxThe Gospel provided for the 4th Sunday of Lent, in Year B, came from the Gospel of John.

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

‘The Son of Man must be lifted up
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
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.
For God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.
No one who believes in him will be condemned;
but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,
because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son.
On these grounds is sentence pronounced:
that though the light has come into the world
men have shown they prefer darkness to the light
because their deeds were evil.
And indeed, everybody who does wrong
hates the light and avoids it,
for fear his actions should be exposed;
but the man who lives by the truth comes out into the light,
so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.’

John 3:14-21

Usually, as above, the text is presented as a long saying by Jesus to Nicodemus.

It can also be read as a short saying by Jesus to Nicodemus, and a long aside from the evangelist to his audience -like that which concludes the Gospel at 20.30-31; and 20:24-25.

The possible editorial comment here?

‘For God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.
No one who believes in him will be condemned;
but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,
because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son.
On these grounds is sentence pronounced:
that though the light has come into the world
men have shown they prefer darkness to the light
because their deeds were evil.
And indeed, everybody who does wrong
hates the light and avoids it,
for fear his actions should be exposed;
but the man who lives by the truth comes out into the light,
so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.’

But whether this is an observation about himself from Jesus, or a declaration of faith by the evangelist, what a stirring text it is.

  • How would you express to others the saving love of God for them?
  • Read again the passage from John.
  • See again how generous is the love of Father and Son; how transformational. How cosmic in scale, and how directly personal and intimate in effect.
  • Let the wonder of it touch your heart, and give thanks.

Photograph of crucifix in the Cathedral of St Pierre, Lisieux, France. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.

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2 thoughts on “Taste and See: Life conquers death

  1. Proef en zie: Leven overwint de dood. Het Evangelie voorzien voor de 4e zondag van de vasten, in jaar B, kwam uit het evangelie van Johannes.met Johannes 3: 14-21 en wat het Evangelie concludeert op 20,30-31; en 20: 24-25.. Heel juiste woorden wat Jezus zei tegen Nicodemus Niemand die in Hem gelooft, zal veroordeeld worden; maar wie weigert te geloven,is reeds
    veroordeeld, omdat hij weigerde te geloven in de naam van Gods enige Zoon.Amen.
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