Read: John 3:16-18
As in the past weeks, Jesus’ message of commission and obedience is present along with his promise to always be with us. As the disciples were sent out to baptize, they were reminded of God’s trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Reflection for Families
Jesus told Nicodemus that God would save those who believe; those who do not believe have already been condemned. Sometimes it is hard for us to get our children to know what is good for them, like eating their vegetables, getting a good night’s sleep, or watching less television. As parents, we often have to model the behavior we want them to have. Children are quite open to the notion of God, and often they lead adults to greater faith. Our first responsibility to our children and their development of faith is to constantly seek God in our own lives. Our example is invaluable.
Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
Look through your parish bulletin after mass this weekend. Look for an opportunity to do something for someone who needs to know God loves him/her. Develop a plan together to share the Good News of Jesus’ love. Ask the Holy Spirit to help your family seek out a person in need and also to give your family the energy and courage necessary to witness God’s love.
1. My children have shown me the goodness of God a number of times. Once in particular I remember . . .
2. One way of showing others the presence of God in my life is when they see me . . .
3. The most significant person in my life who is truly a disciples of Jesus and witnesses the Good News for me is . . .