Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gospel commented, "So that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life" John 3:7b-15.

Acts of the Apostles 4:32-37. 
The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.
With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. 
There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, 
and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need. 
Thus Joseph, also named by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated "son of encouragement"), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, 
sold a piece of property that he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the apostles. 

Psalms 93(92):1ab.1cd-2.5. 
The LORD is king, in splendor robed; 
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength. 

And he has made the world firm, 
not to be moved. 
Your throne stands firm from of old; 
from everlasting you are, O LORD. 

Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed: 
holiness befits your house, 
O LORD, for length of days. 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 3:7b-15. 
Jesus said to Nicodemus: “'You must be born from above.'
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus answered and said to him, "How can this happen?" 
Jesus answered and said to him, "You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? 
Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. 
If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 
No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. 
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."

"So that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life"

Typology points out what is to be expected, indicating through imitation what is to happen before it happens. Adam was a type of Him who was to come (Rom 5,14); "the Rock was Christ" (1Cor 10,4)  typologically, and the water from the rock was a type of the living power of the Word, for He says, "If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink." (Jn 7,37) The manna was a type of the living bread which came down from heaven (Jn 6,41), and the serpent suspended on the pole was a type of the saving passion accomplished on the cross (Nm 21,8f.), since the life of every one who looked at the serpent was preserved. Similarly, the history of Israel's exodus was recorded to typify those who would be saved through baptism. The firstborn of the Israelites were saved... through grace given to those who were marked with blood. The blood of the lamb is a type of the blood of Christ...

At the time of the exodus, the sea and the cloud led the people from amazement to faith, but they also typified the grace which was yet to come. "Whoever is wise, let him understand these things": how the baptism in the sea, which brought about Pharaoh's demise typifies the washing which makes the devil's tyranny depart. The sea killed the enemy in its waves, and baptism kills the enmity between us and God. The people emerged from the sea unharmed, and we come up from the water as alive from the dead, saved by the grace of Him Who has called us. The cloud is a shadow of the Spirit's gifts, for He cools the flames of our passions through the mortification of our bodies. 

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