“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” - Jn 3:16
Three Points of the Homily:
1. We all have sinned
Sin is any disobedience to the law of God. By nature, since the fall of Adam and Eve, man has the tendency to disobey the law of God . All of us know right from wrong. It is written in our hearts that stealing, cheating, murder, corruption, hatred – all these things are wrong. We know in our heart that it is right to respect and honour our parents, to love our neighbors, to help those in need. And yet we have the tendency to do what is wrong and not do what is right. We can see clearly that “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23)
2. Jesus loves all sinners
“God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.” (Eph 2:4)
We did not do anything that deserved the dying of Jesus on the cross to pay for the penalty of our sin.
In our second reading, Paul is emphatic to say that we have been saved by grace, not by our own efforts. If we could have saved ourselves, Jesus would not have had to die for our sins. It is a pure gift by God to us.
3. Believe in Jesus
The believing in Jesus is the response to His love. So what does believing in Jesus means? First, believing means accepting all of Jesus’ teachings. Second, believing means a conviction to obey. Third, believing means resolving to be baptized. If you have been baptized, it is being faithful to your baptismal promises.