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Theo Tigno
5/1/2012 1:45 pm

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Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
John 12: 44-50

Jesus cried out and said, "Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me."

Dawg's Thought:

Today's prayer intention - for healing for those you know who are in need of it.

Have you ever heard the person who says that because they've been away from the Church for so long, if they approach one they're afraid that lightning will strike them? I recently heard this from my brother when my fiance and I went to visit him and his family.

I wonder if there are a lot of people who think this way. I wonder if people fear the condemnation of God, not knowing that Christ did not come to condemn them. I wonder if they know that is our own choices that condemn us.

As I think about this thought, it also makes me wonder if the condemnation that people fear isn't so much the condemnation from God, but rather the condemnation that may come living a life in union with Christ. To someone on the outside, living a life like this may seem intimidating. Do we make living our faith seem intimidating? Do we make living our own lives in union with our Lord inviting to all?

Jesus didn't come to condemn the world. Do others know this by how you live your faith? Take care and God Bless.

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