First reading Acts 5:27-33

We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit

When the officials had brought the apostles in to face the Sanhedrin, the high priest demanded an explanation. ‘We gave you a formal warning’ he said ‘not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and seem determined to fix the guilt of this man’s death on us.’ In reply Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men; it was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus, but it was you who had him executed by hanging on a tree. By his own right hand God has now raised him up to be leader and saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins through him to Israel. We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’
  This so infuriated them that they wanted to put them to death.
 

Responsorial Psalm 33(34):2,9,17-20

This poor man called and the Lord heard him.
or
Alleluia!
 
I will bless the Lord at all times,
  his praise always on my lips;
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
  He is happy who seeks refuge in him.
 
This poor man called and the Lord heard him.
or
Alleluia!
 
The Lord turns his eyes to the just
  and his ears to their appeal.
They call and the Lord hears
  and rescues them in all their distress.
 
This poor man called and the Lord heard him.
or
Alleluia!
 
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted;
  those whose spirit is crushed he will save.
Many are the trials of the just man
  but from them all the Lord will rescue him.
 
This poor man called and the Lord heard him.
or
Alleluia!
 

Gospel John 3:31-36

The Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything to him

John the Baptist said to his disciples:
‘He who comes from above is above all others;
he who is born of the earth is earthly himself
and speaks in an earthly way.
He who comes from heaven
bears witness to the things he has seen and heard,
even if his testimony is not accepted;
though all who do accept his testimony
are attesting the truthfulness of God,
since he whom God has sent
speaks God’s own words:
God gives him the Spirit without reserve.
The Father loves the Son
and has entrusted everything to him.
Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
but anyone who refuses to believe in the Son will never see life:
the anger of God stays on him.’
 
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Jesus, be my centre, be my life

Today, let us listen to John the Baptist as He reveals who Jesus is: Jesus is “He who comes from above”, He “bears witness to the things He has seen and heard”, He is the one “whom God has sent”, He “speaks God’s own words” and He has received “the Spirit without reserve”,  He is “the Son” who is loved by the Father and God has “entrusted everything to His hands”. Who is Jesus? Jesus is the Incarnated God,  God in human form. He is with us and constantly yearns to have a deeper relationship of love with each one of us.
 
As Christians, we are called to make Jesus our Friend and Companion. He is here to help us become the persons God has purposefully  created us to be. When Jesus is the centre of our lives, He will lead us to be one with God and others. Today, let us renew our faith in Jesus  and commit ourselves once more to make Him the centre of our lives.
 
Question for reflection:
Who is Jesus for me?
 
 
Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year C” by Sr Sandra Seow FMVD.