“GOD’S UNENDING LOVE FOR HUMANKIND” First Reading : 2 Chronicles 36: 14-16,19-23 Second Reading: Ephesians 2: 4-10 Gospel Reading: John 3: 14-21 * First reading is from the second book of Chronicles. This passage describes how Israelites were conquered by the King of Babylon. They were taken to Babylon as exiles and suffered much. The Lord God showed mercy on them and kindled their hope of liberation when Cyrus became King of Babylon. Through an edict Cyrus freed them from their slavery. * Second reading is from the letter of St. Paul to Ephesians. In this passage, Paul explains to the Ephesian Christians and all of us the great mercy and love of God. He emphasis the gratuitousness of the gift of faith we have received. He cautions us not to take our salvation as the fruit of our good works but as a result of God’s grace working in us. “God Sent His Son” Today’s Gospel reading is from St. John. This passage speaks of the wonderful love of God for the humankind. The primary meaning of this passage is about our life after death. It gives us an assurance of a continuation of our life after death, that is eternal life. Secondary meaning of the passage is that it speaks of an eternal life even now with the coming of Jesus the Son of God. God sent His Son to be with us every moment of our lives. If we believe in Jesus, we will live with Him. Through our life in Jesus, we get the assurance and the strength to overcome every one of our crises and problems. Lent is the time to experience this love of God through His Son Jesus. “When one loves, one does not calculate” – St. Theresa of Lisieux” Love begins at home and it is not how much we do but how much love we put in that action” – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. “No reason needed for loving” – Paulo Coelho.