Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter
(Acts 5:17-26; John 3:16-21)
An elderly man carries a large magnifying glass wherever he goes. He admits, however, that the glass does not do much good without sufficient light. In fact, he says, good lighting is more helpful for reading than the magnifying glass. In today’s gospel Jesus is presented as the transformative light which turns good motives into virtuous acts.
The text emphasizes that God did not send Jesus to condemn the world but to save it. People may get the former idea because Jesus could not but make some demands and prohibit some actions. After all, human tendencies since Adam have been rather predominantly selfish. But any sternness about Jesus is more than compensated by his graciousness. The light he beams should be understood as the glow of the early morning which stirs followers to a just way of living.
It is time to be hopeful. The Lord’s resurrection has become our destiny. We have both reason and direction to live lives of virtue.