The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true. He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved
We seem to care most about bad news and not about celebrating the good news in our lives. The best News of all comes from Jesus, and this Good News is the message of the Easter Season. John warns that many will reject the testimony Jesus brings. Not much has changed over the years.
When we hear the Good News we must first rejoice and then respond in obedience. To obey God we must know who God is, open our ears and our hearts to God’s Word, and trust God. Our reward will be God’s very own life. Since God does not ration this gift of his Spirit, we can live joyfully in grace forever. John makes it clear that the “reward” for disobedience will be anything but “good news.” Let us trust Jesus and what He has to say and we will have cause for celebration, now and forever.
—Jesus Estrada is a 9th grade student at Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, CA.
Holy God, each in our own way, may we bring the zeal and commitment of the gospel to all those persons and places we meet today. Strengthen our hearts to live your holy Gospel in faith, hope, and love. Amen.
—the Jesuit prayer teamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!