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January 6 - 1 John 4: 11-18

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordJanuary 6, 2021
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the other readings for today are Psalm 72 and Mk. 45-52

On Monday we considered the question where are you from?  Yesterday we considered what is love.  Today, St. John begins our 1st reading with the following thought: "Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another".  

God loved us so much.  Do you truly believe that?  For some, it might be easier for them to believe that God loves others more than God loves them.  But no, God loves us.  Equally.  Even with our sinfulness, stubbornness, fears and doubts and lack of courage.  God loves you.  Deeply.  Intensely.  Fully.  Truly, God loves you.  We may need to ponder this and pray with this.  

Now, comes the 2nd part.  If I truly believe that God loves me, what should be my response? Of course, gratitude and thankfulness.  And to be a person of faith who lives out that faith.  And a person who lives out that faith and belief in God's love for him/her by loving one another.  Now for many others, that is the hard part.  Loving others.  

Tomorrow we will celebrate a Canadian saint who did so - St. Andre of Montreal, Brother Andre.  He loved God.  And he loved others.  Stay tuned for tomorrow about this wonderful man who was the epitome of St. John's opening statement of today.