To believe in the Son, is to have eternal life
Readings: 1st: Acts 4:32-37; Ps 33; Gos John 3:31-36
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Gospel of according to John, there are often conflicts between Jesus and the Jews. This is because, they always challenge his word. Jesus speaks of what he hears from the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Hence, John often presents life as a conflict between the forces of good and evil, between faith and sin, light and darkness, truth and lies. Christ is transparent and speaks the truth to them. This truth is the light of the world.
However, his enemies are not capable of understanding the deep significance of the things that he says and does. This is because, they refused to open themselves to God. They simply, cling to their own ideas here on earth.
So, Jesus was reminding the Jews of the fact that he came from heaven and that his teaching was real, while theirs was misleading people. Also, that the Spirit of God who sent him give testimony to the truth he speaks, because both the spirit, and himself come from God.
Also, Christ reaffirms the relationship between the Father and himself. The Father loves the Son, and places all things in His hand. This is why Paul says that, “the fullness of divinity dwells in Jesus Christ” (Col 1:19; 2:9).
Therefore, whoever accepts Christ, and believes in him, has eternal life. Jesus is the perfect image of the Father, and shares generously with us what he has received from his Father.
Eternal life awaits all those who believe in the Son, who believe his words, and who accept them as their way of life.
So, let us ask God to increase our faith and trust in his Son. Also, let us pray that we may desire eternal life, a life that is good and holy.
Peace be with you all!