There is Hope for today and rejoice and praise for our salvation is close at hand
This praise Sunday is a cause for laud and praise to God for His Divine Mercy is given to His people. So many times it seems that darkness and despair envelopes our lives. It seems that we’ve had more darker days. However today reminds us that their is hope, our sadness will be transformed to joy. Our Darkness is transformed to light. We have a sign in this in nature. As we move to longer days and shorter nights we are reminded that darkness does not envelope us, but rather for those who believe in Christ and deepen their personal relationship with Him their lives are profoundly altered. This is the experience of Nicodemus in the Gospel, he came to have a personal loving relationship with Christ. Although he walked as it where in some darkness in his ignorance of what it means to be born again, he remained open to Jesus’ revelation to him. Namely that as we hear so often, “God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”
This is our cause for rejoicing this weekend for giving God the highest praise. just as God acted in the lives of the Israelite and set them free from bondage in Babylon and led them back to their home in Jerusalem, so too does God forgive us and brings by the hand back to Jesus.
There are so many who prefer the darkness of lies and deceit, that they have no desire to come into the light of truth. Many will prefer darkness because they can keep all their thoughts and divisiveness, hatred, prejudice, destruction and disregard for others a secrete. The truth of Gods love and forgives and power can lead us to truth and standing in the light of Christ.
As we speak truth to power and seek Justice for our people it is the joy of this day helps us going. Justice shines the light of truth on deception and misuse of power, standing for justice removes to blinders that block out the light of righteousness. Proclaiming the Truth of Justice sheds light to inequality and disparity and our eyes are opened to see the needs of our young people and adults, and offer them second chances and opportunities. Their lives matter and we must allow our little lights to shine so that their lives might be met with light, truth and dignity.
Today’s gospel calls us to go into the light and to invite new life to come into our world. “For God so loved the world that God gave the only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16).