April 26, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter
Acts 3: 17- 26 / Jn 3:16 – 21
FROM THE 1ST READING: Act 3: 19, 26
Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out and the time of refreshment may come by the mercy of God, when he sends the Messiah appointed for you, Jesus....
It is to you first that God sends his Servant; he raised him to life to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 3: 16- 21
Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world; instead, through him the world is to be saved. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned. He who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.
"This is how the Judgment is made: Light has come into the world and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For whoever does wrong hates the light and doesn't come to the light for fear that his deeds will be shown as evil. But whoever lives according to the truth comes into the light so that it can be clearly seen that his works have been done in God."
Both readings today speak of God sending Jesus the Messiah for our salvation. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, after Peter and John cured the man crippled from birth, Peter gives a long summary discussion on the mission of Jesus the Messiah.
In the Gospel reading Jesus speaks with the Jewish leader Nicodemus about God's love for the world and his sending of his Son to save the world.
A simple song reiterates the message of these two readings: "In him alone is our hope, in him alone is our strength, in him alone are we justified, in him alone are we saved."
Both readings also emphasize the necessity of our response to the love of God. Peter speaks of turning to God so that our sins may be wiped out, "turn to God so that your sins may be wiped," and "by turning each of you from your wicked ways."
In the Gospel reading Jesus tells Nicodemus about the necessity for humankind to believe in the Son whom God sent into the world and to live according to the truth so that they may come into God's light: "Whoever believes in him will not be condemned. He who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God."
May we proclaim our faith in Jesus in our life and actions.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
FEI DIRECTORS, MANAGEMENT & STAFF & FAMILIES
HARRY & HELEN CHUA
For the healing of Renan Lacida.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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