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Monday, 15 March 2021 11:12

Week IV - Fraternity: Dreaming Together - "His works were done in God." (Jn 3:21)

Our gaze on this Fourth Sunday of Lent is turned to Jesus on the cross at the supreme moment of his love for all humanity. By looking to him and believing in him we are saved.
The Gospel passage proposed by the liturgy is taken from the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus and reveals something grandiose to us. Jesus says “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes will not be lost but have eternal life.” God so loved the world: I loved it "so much,” in a way so great that there is no greater. Here is the infinite, the immense love of God for the world, for humanity, for each one of us. Jesus continues: “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but so that the world might be saved through him.”
God does not condemn. God loves, God suffers, God saves. There is something important to learn here: as humans we may condemn, point the finger, highlight the negative things, the dramas, the sins. God loves the world as it is, precisely because it is in sin, Jesus comes to save it. The crucified Son is the Light, the Truth, the victory over darkness and sin. Before Him we must make a choice because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Cross is the credible sign that a life given always has value, even beyond death.
God loves the world, loves it infinitely. To believe in the Light is to choose life, eternal life that is full, divine and overflowing.
For this unprecedented time, Pope Francis' desire "to revive among all a worldwide aspiration for fraternity in order to dream together and make life a beautiful adventure" (FT 9) is far-reaching.
Jesus came into the world, he gave his life so that this dream of unity could be realized: fraternity, this dream of love for all humanity.
Life in common is an expression of beauty, it is a reality that touches us and forms us deeply. No one can open up to existence alone and each person we meet always helps us to achieve the goal of our inner growth. We need "a community that supports us,” says the Holy Father, "that helps us and in which we help each other to look ahead, to dream together.”  
Jesus called each of us to share this dream of unity, to be artisans of communion, ready to pay a price, a cost with our lives, to be women and men of faith who affirm that fraternity is determined by a familiarity founded on the acceptance of God's will in the unconditional gift of ourselves.
I want to ask myself:  What do I value about the fraternity that I live and that cost Jesus his life? How does it help me in seeking God's will?
May the Lord give us the grace to believe in love, to love our fraternities, always seeking to respond to the will of the Father.

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