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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2013
(Part 41)

ENTER INTO ETERNAL LIFE

April 18, 2013

Today’s readings:
Acts 8:26-40
John 6:44-51


Jesus says solemnly, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.” (Jn 6:47). BE+LI+EV=E.

What is it we believe in? The Ethiopian eunuch said to Philip, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (Acts 8:37b).[1] If Jesus is the Son of God, then we must meet and know him, become his friend, live his way of life, and share him with others as we evangelize by proclaiming the good news of salvation in him. Only when we do these things can we enter heaven.

Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day.” (Jn 6:44). The Father sent His Son, so that we might be saved. This is the Father’s way of restoring us to our original condition upon creation, in accord with His eternal plan. This is how the Father draws us. Because this is God’s intent, then we are able to come to Jesus, and Jesus in turn raises us on the last day and brings us to heaven.

Aside from God’s intent, how are we able to come to Jesus?

First, get to know God and get to be formed by Him. Know that He is Creator and Almighty God and Father. We come to Him in prayer, listening to Him. We read and study His instructions in His written word, the Bible. “Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.” (Jn 6:45b).

Second, we come to Jesus as we develop a personal relationship with him who is God’s Son. It is Jesus who is God who became man and came down to earth to dwell among us. It is his face that we have gazed upon and his flesh that we have touched. He is the image of the invisible God. He is the Son who came from the Father. “Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father.” (Jn 6:46).

Third, we partake of the very flesh of Jesus, as he himself instructed. We receive Jesus in the Eucharist in the form of bread. “The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (Jn 6:51b). Jesus then dwells physically in us, who are temples of his Holy Spirit. This is how we can experience fullness of life, as the Father intended. “I am the bread of life.” (Jn 6:48). This is how such fullness of life will extend beyond our earthly life, into life eternal in heaven. “This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever” (Jn 6:50-51a).

This is the good news we proclaim. Isaiah says, “Who will tell of his posterity?” (Acts 8:33b). We are the ones to do so! Just like Philip, let us go “about proclaiming the good news to all the towns” (Acts 8:40b).

And let us be assured that whoever believes has eternal life, as the Father intended.

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[1] This verse, a Western text reading, is omitted in the oldest and best manuscripts of Acts.
 
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