THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
ENTER INTO ETERNAL LIFE
Jesus says solemnly, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever
believes has eternal life.” (Jn 6:47). BE+LI+EV=E.
is it we believe in? The Ethiopian eunuch said to Philip,
“I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
(Acts 8:37b). 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.
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
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).
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.”
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).
let us be assured that whoever believes has eternal life,
as the Father intended.
This verse, a Western text reading, is omitted in the oldest
and best manuscripts of Acts.