Jesus speaks of those 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. This is the difference between those who do evil and who do what is true. Those who do evil also attempt to silence those who do what is true. We see this in the First Reading where the high priest and the Sadducees arrested the Apostles in an attempt to silence them. But an angel visited them at night and opened the prison doors and brought them out.
In today’s culture, when one speaks the truth, one is cancelled. A person may lose their job, friends, even homes when they speak the truth. Yet, as we see, the truth cannot be locked up. St Paul said the Word of God is not chained. It will be proclaimed in spite of what those who do evil plan and do.
During this time of lockdown, there seems to be discrimination against Christians when governments allow malls, supermarkets to be filled with people but lockdown churches. We do not know why they did this, but if there is some wicked plan to silence the Church, these will find out the Church will come out stronger than before. The Word of God is not chained. It will be proclaimed in ways we will not expect.
Jesus said he did not come to condemn the world but to save it. 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. Our salvation or condemnation depends on us. While Jesus offers his salvation to us, it is still our choice to believe him or not. Jesus said this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. There will be judgment, but it is not Jesus who will condemn. We will condemn ourselves by our choice. If we believe in Jesus, we will trust him. If we do not believe in Jesus, we will not trust him.
Jesus is here. He gives us a choice. Come to Jesus if you want to be saved. If you are overwhelmed by life, or tired and need rest, come to Jesus. He is the only One who can save you. It does not matter what you have done in the past. He will restore what has been lost if we repent and come to him.
Lord, your Word is not chained. Let it come to my heart so I can receive it and let you control my life. Come Lord, lead me to YOUR