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Run Time: 7:14. Gospel: Jn 3:16-18.
God, through His only begotten Son, has offered us this kind of friendship with Him – something unheard of in the other religions of the world. That, for us, religion is not just – in fact, the practice of the faith is not just a mere external formality, but it is an intimate and personal relationship with God. As Christ says in the Gospel as well – we worship in spirit and in truth. We no longer, like the Samaritans in the parable, worship what we do not understand. We worship what we understand and we do that in spirit and in truth.
And so today, as we profess our faith in God, the God who has loved us so deeply that He gave us His Son. It’s good for us to pause and to thank Him for this truly incredible gift. And we have reason to pause in another way as well – we just finished this week our novena to St Anthony. And the many graces that even now He has poured out upon us, make me stop and pause and have a grateful heart. But, the challenge is this: so often we can take gifts for granted.
And so today serves us as that reminder not to take the gift of friendship with God for granted, but each and every time we pray. Each and every time we make the sign of the cross, we say “in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” that should serve as our frequent reminder about this commitment. This commitment that we have to God and God has to us. This life of divine adoption, this life of divine friendship, which all of us have received. Grace upon grace. So that we might inherit eternal life, and live with God – forever.