Jn 3: 14-21

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “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.”

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Putting on the Heart of Christ

More than 30 years ago, my first spiritual director was a Jesuit named Fr. George Krieger, SJ. George was truly a character, a cross between Cesar Romero and Katharine Hepburn. But for me, the important thing about George was that his best friend was Jesus. You knew this by his homilies, his insights and his witticisms. One day in spiritual direction, George was trying to get me to stop being so hard on myself (and in turn hard on others). He said, “Come on down and join the human race, Jim, it’s not so bad. Jesus did.”

I remember many insightful challenges. I also have grown in my relationship with Jesus. We remember things important people in our lives have said to us. In the Gospels, we remember the things Jesus had and has to say to us. “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).

God so loved the world that the Son came down and joined the human race. I read somewhere that it takes a broken heart to be able to love the world. It takes the heart of Jesus. Fr. Jerry Fagin, SJ, wrote a book called Putting on the Heart of Christ. This is what we are invited to do. This is what we are invited to allow God to do in us and for us. So, we pray for God to open our eyes, our ears and our hearts.

—Fr. Jim Caime, SJ, is the pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO.

 

Prayer

Fr. Jim Caime, SJ, invites you to pray with this video of composer Jesse Manibusan, “Open My Eyes”, found here.

—The Jesuit Prayer team