Friday, January 4, 2013

1 John 3:7-10, Psalm 98:1, 7-9, John 1:35-42


1 John 3:7-10, Psalm 98:1, 7-9, John 1:35-42

1 John 3:7-10

My Beloved,  You loved everyone who came to You.  All were made welcome no matter how You felt personally - if You were hungry, tired and just wished to be left alone after all the clamoring after You to be touched, healed and taught.  It was never enough - there were always more and more people. Wave upon wave of people intruded into Your life even when You went away to spend time in solitude and silence.  All were made welcome, each found what they were looking for.  The children were made especially welcome.  St. John addresses his readers as little children just as You sometimes addressed the apostles.  There is such a great paternal love and tenderness in the way You look at us. 

We are called to be like You, good, holy upright.  It is not always easy my Beloved and yet we are called to constantly fight our selfish inclinations and be available and giving. It is possible my Lord or else You would not ask us to follow Your example.  You make abundant grace available to us through the Sacraments.  Frequent reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist will help us avoid sin.  

Verse 9 says, "Those born of God do not sin, for the seed of God remains in them."  The Seed is the Word uttered by God and who became incarnate - it is this Seed that is planted in my innermost being and I must let it put down deep roots and allow it to grow and bear abundant fruit for the glory of God.

A child of God is recognized as one who always does what is right and who loves his brothers and sisters.  Help me to remember to conquer personal prejudices and to love as You love.

Psalm 98:1, 7-9

My Beloved, in the season of Christmas we are reminded over and over again to rejoice and sing a new song because we recognise the wonders God has done for us in You.  We are victorious and triumphant because You have won the victory for us.  You have crushed the head of Satan and he has been vanquished forever.

All nature too will rejoice when the crown of Your creation begin to live holy, upright lives.  We are not left to seek our salvation without help and guidance.  You are the Way to the Father, You are the Truth of the Father revealed to us in Spirit in Truth and in the Flesh.  You are the Life of God that is poured upon us through Your Holy Spirit.  We Catholics have no excuse my Beloved not to reflect and image You always.

John 1:35-42

The two disciples of John would have known about You as he must have spoken of You to them often.  In fact when he pointed You out to them as the Lamb of God, they knew exactly what it meant and so they had no hesitation in following You.  

You desire that we all follow You and when we do, You extend a personal invitation to us to have a deeper more intimate relationship with Yourself, "Come and see." And seeing we believe.  Like Andrew we too are called to witness, testify and invite others too to experience Your love and life as we have. 

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