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Friday, February 22, 2013
Today’s Reading | 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.” (NRSV)
There is a reckless prodigality about God’s love. It is a spendthrift. There is ruthlessness about it also. It will not let us go or go on with business as usual in our lives. Its severity and goodness harbor both threat and promise: the threat of its judgment of our self-centered lives, and the promise of a mercy that outruns the judgment. Both were there as Love Incarnate hung upon a cross, and both were there as our Lord breathed his last and went home to be with God, holding a thief by the hand. What wondrous love is this!
God of love and life, by your love trouble us and with your love touch us so that our lives may be disposed to your service. Amen.
Written by John H. Boyle, Parish Associate
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