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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 3, 31-36

He who comes from above is above all others; he who is of the earth is earthly himself and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven

bears witness to the things he has seen and heard, but his testimony is not accepted by anybody;

though anyone who does accept his testimony is attesting that God is true,

since he whom God has sent speaks God's own words, for God gives him the Spirit without reserve.

The Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything to his hands.

Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life, but anyone who refuses to believe in the Son will never see life: God's retribution hangs over him.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Gospel passage once again proposes the centrality of faith in Jesus for the believer, hence the invitation to look up from earthly things, from our customary habits, from religious beliefs taken for granted, in order to contemplate Jesus. Today we, too, receive such an invitation. And we need it. How many times, in fact, do we sit in a commonplace and lazy life and resign ourselves to a world without a future of hope for ourselves and for others! The evangelist leads us to direct our gaze to Jesus: he “comes from above, from heaven” and “is above all.” Jesus is the true hope for us and for the world. He came down from heaven to be next to us and to communicate to us the life that he lives in a unique way with the Father in heaven: “He - perhaps the Baptist says to his followers - testifies to what he has seen and heard.” Jesus came to Earth to reveal the mystery of God, who otherwise would have remained impenetrable. He did not come to assert himself or to claim personal projects, as usually happens for each of us. Jesus came down from heaven to communicate to men and to women “the words of God” and to give “the Spirit without measure.” It is from this conviction that flows the honour and devotion that we should have for the Holy Scriptures: they contain “the words of God.” Every day, we are called to listen and meditate upon them to make them our own. The Bible is not just any book for us, but it is the receptacle that contains the very thoughts of God. This is why we have to open it, to taste it page after page, letting ourselves be guided by the “Spirit” given to us “without measure” also for this purpose. It is not possible to understand the deep meaning of the Holy Scriptures without the help of the Spirit. The Spirit was given to us so abundantly, in fact “without measure,” so that we may be led in listening to and interpreting the Holy Scriptures. Beyond the literal meaning of the biblical words, there is one that is deeper and spiritual, which helps us to tie together the words of the Bible and what we are experiencing. The intertwining of the Bible and history, between the biblical words we hear and our life in our concrete existences, is the work of the Spirit. Thus, listening to the Holy Scriptures should be done in an atmosphere of prayer: we need the Spirit of God to understand the Word of God. For this, the continued listening to the Holy Scriptures, in an atmosphere of prayer, will force our hearts to change, to become instruments in God’s hands to make this world of ours watered by the love of the Lord. The evangelist writes: “The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands.” It is the power to change the world, to defeat evil, and to make good grow that the Lord lived first and that he gives to those who believe in him.