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Faith Daily | 27 April 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 505


Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life

of all who put their trust in him:

raise us, we pray, from the death of sin

to the life of righteousness;

that we may ever seek the things which are above,

where he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen


GOSPEL for the Day: John 3: 16-21


16 ‘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.


17 ‘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. 18Those 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. 19And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21But 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.’


GOSPEL REFLECTION: Kathy Allen


“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son…” - surely some of the most beautiful words in the Bible. These verses are talking about hope, trust and redemption if we choose to believe in God the Father and his Son, Jesus. This remains a difficult choice for many. For those of us who think that we have made the choice - the right choice – we have a lifetime of living up to the consequences of that choice as we turn from the darkness to the light.


If my mother were still alive, she would be 105 years old today. I mention this because one of her favourite sayings was “God helps those who help themselves.” I can remember stamping off, muttering under my breath at her refusal to help me do whatever it was I was grumbling about – raking leaves, painting the patio furniture, doing homework. It took me quite a while to realise that what she was really saying was, “You have a choice. Make it a good one.” So it is with belief. Belief is a feeling, it is a thought but above all it is an action. Every day we have the God-given opportunity to choose light over darkness and find the eternal light. We must allow ourselves to be open to receiving the light every day and acting on it.


FINAL PRAYER Adapted from Bernadette Farrell


Christ, be our light.

Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our hope.

Christ, be our purpose.

Christ, be our vision radiant and bright.

Christ, be our light today and always.

Amen



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