St Vincent de Paul Society

Fourth Sunday of Lent

U D P

Reflection 7
March 15, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) John 3:14-21

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have life.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God … Whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Sharing the Mission

Jesus is the One raised up and by whom we are saved, we only must gaze on him and believe in him. The light of Christ enables us to see; seeing is believing. But we can only come to the light and believe if we “live in the truth” which is expressed in good works.
Light and faith are gifts, and we demonstrate that we accept these gifts when we do good works. God demonstrates great love for us by sending the Son to be lifted up on the Cross and then raising him to eternal life. We demonstrate our great love for God by doing good works. Our good works: reaching out to others, doing our daily tasks for our family with love and care, serving professionally and honestly, acting justly and charitably, then our way of being is “lifted up.” This is how we live in the truth, so that our works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Discussion

As a conference think of new ways you can continue to give hope and light to our friends in need.

Action

This week keep the mission and values of the Society in your heart.

Prayer

(Together)  Jesus, you urge us to take up our cross, and so we pray: Jesus, we turn to you.
For the grace to love life and faith into our families, Jesus, we turn to you.
For the grace to have “God send us to the poor,” Jesus, we turn to you.