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Save, Not to Condemn

May 11, Wednesday, of the Fourth Week of Easter
Daily Readings: Acts 12:24-13:5a; Gospel: John 12:44-50

One of the God-images we suffer from is that of a judge who scrutinizes our every thought, word, and behavior to award us either heaven or damnation. We must not forget what Christ expresses unequivocally: "I have come not to condemn the world but to save the world."

Psychiatrist Ana-Maria Rizzuto explored the origins of an individual's private representations of God through clinical research, which she published in her (now classic) book, "The Birth of the Living God."

It reveals how we build up our ideas of God from our lived experiences and how significant they are in facilitating or retarding our growth as human persons.

One of such God-images we suffer from is that of a judge out to scrutinize our every thought, word, and action and to reward us with heaven or hell.

In this context, we shouldn't miss out on what Christ tells us unequivocally: "I have come, not to condemn the world, but to save the world."

When will we let this truth sink and let Christ save us? Or, do we still secretly desire to be condemned, for we cannot forgive ourselves in our secret internal chambers of justice?

 

Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.

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