From Sunday's Gospel (John 3:13-17):
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
‘No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who came down from heaven,
the Son of Man who is in heaven;
and 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.’
If ever there was a Gospel passage to brighten up your day, this was it. A promise of eternal life and a promise to be saved all neatly wrapped up into one little bundle of God's Word!
As you go about your business this weekend and in the week ahead, consider pondering these two promises over and over in your mind. Live them out in a way befitting the joy that they bring by wearing a broad smile on your face and having a skip in your step. The message of Christ's saving grace and eternal life should surely shine out of each and every one of us as we go about our everyday lives.
Note to self: Christ has saved us! He has saved us so that we may join him in Heaven for eternity. Why can't the world just accept this and bask in the joy that it brings? He has chosen all of us to enjoy this great gift yet sadly so many reject it or do not appreciate the extent of the gift and what it means for their lives. And that is where your smile and the skip in your step comes in! We must show the world that God loves them and that Christ was willing to die for them. We must show the world that Christ doesn't want to condemn people; rather, he wants to be merciful and take them into his loving arms.
Don't be afraid to tell people about this great news as you go about your daily routine. Let people know that they are loved, cherished, and valued. Let them know that someone was willing to be abused, spat upon, ridiculed and nailed to a piece of wood like a common criminal so that they could live forever. Just let people know.