The binomial used by John in the passage we have in today’s Gospel is interesting. Have you noticed that he says: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not have it.”? Therefore, it is not enough to believe, but it is necessary to obey.
In our Christian journey, sometimes something is missing between our faith and our life. There is an abyss between believing and obeying. It is important to believe, but we have to remember that this is a gift from God. However, to obey is a free response from us to what we believe. It is our response to the faith we have in the Risen One, in the One who gives eternal life.
Perhaps, today is a good day to ask God to increase our faith. And also, let us ask God to give us the strength and courage to be faithful disciples who try to obey the Gospel’s message and try to put it into practice in our daily lives. So, even when there is fear or persecution we can, like Peter and the other apostles, be witnesses of the experience of God; an experience that we can only obtain in our relationship with Jesus Christ, the Risen One.