Memory of Jesus crucified

Ossza Meg


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 John 5,5-13

Who can overcome the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? He it is who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with water alone but with water and blood, and it is the Spirit that bears witness, for the Spirit is Truth. So there are three witnesses, the Spirit, water and blood; and the three of them coincide. If we accept the testimony of human witnesses, God's testimony is greater, for this is God's testimony which he gave about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony within him, and whoever does not believe is making God a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life, and whoever has not the Son of God has not life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

There is a direct connection between faith, love and following the Gospel. And it is with this type of love, following the example of Jesus, that Christians defeat evil in the world. John notes that the love of Jesus was revealed with water and blood, that is from the day of his baptism in the Jordan to his death on the cross. This mystery of love is made present to us through the Holy Spirit, whose action makes us participants in the Church, helps us taste the Holy Scripture, and renders us a people which celebrates the Holy Liturgy, a people who loves all, especially the poorest. The Spirit helps the love of Jesus live in our hearts, giving us the capacity to love. And the apostle, as if to reassure us of the beauty of Gospel love, reminds us that the commandments of God are not heavy and do not crush life. Just the opposite, they free us from the slavery of self-love and subjugation to the trends of the world. The words that Jesus said to the crowd come to mind: "'Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Mt 11:28-30). With his letter John echoes these words of Jesus and reminds us that the Gospel has not been given to us as a burden but to free us from the instinct toward evil and to help us to live a full life with the risen Jesus. John insists in emphasizing that whoever is "in the Son" already has eternal life--that is has already begun to participate in that full life which comes from God and is manifested entirely in Jesus.