+ We have wonderful readings on this weekday in the Easter Season. In the first, we see the overarching power of the “word of God” – which is of course, the Word of God: JESUS – who cannot be thwarted nor manipulated, silenced nor eradicated.
The supposed guardians of the Jewish religion can see that they are going to have a difficult time dealing with this “new Way,” by these “radical people,” and they begin calculating how they can stamp out the revolution before it firmly takes hold.
But there is no imprisoning the word of the Lord, [which has devastated and defeated the lying, malicious, deceptive word of the Father of Lies – Lucifer!]
God’s word and message is so plain and simple and beautiful: In the gospel passage we have the consoling and energizing words: God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. What could be so threatening about that? What could be more life-giving and encouraging than that?
And how easy it is to spot the disciples of darkness and deceit [even the unwitting ones, the pawns of the Evil One], their prevaricated, twisted, hyper-exaggerated, words give them away!
May we today live the “new Way” as fully as when we first were introduced to it on the day of our baptisms; and may we bring the “life-giving words” of the Jesus-story to all we meet, in one way or another today. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate catechesis, just side-comments on the love of God and his fatherly care are enough!
And let us not be afraid to militate verbally against the fake and alternate fact barrage that so easily can infiltrate human language and intercourse!
God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.