Posts made in January, 2018

We should love one another

We should love one another.  Nobody said following Christ would be easy.   Thoughts of self-denial, of carrying the cross, even of martyrdom come to mind.   Such grand sacrifices, though, begin with the commission John gives in today’s first reading: love one another.   Love the people around you.   Hold them dear, even when they push you away.   Be devoted to their welfare, even if they seem indifferent to yours.   Hope and pray for their...

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Behold, the Lamb of God

Behold, the Lamb of God.  It can be easy to miss Jesus.   Just ask John the Baptist.   John knew he had been called to prepare the way for the Messiah.   He was even Jesus’ kinsman!   But still, by his own admission, John “did not know him”.   He didn’t fully understand Jesus’ mission.   But with time and insight from God, John did come to recognize Jesus as the Messiah and was able to proclaim, “Behold, the Lamb of God”. We may not always...

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I am blessed to be your child

We are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed.  Everyone knows that children take after their parents.   Well, if God is our Father, then it naturally follows that we take after him.   Let’s look at two analogies that can help us understand what it means to be children of God: an acorn and a basketball player. An acorn may look nothing like an oak tree, but it is destined to become one.   It can’t become a pine tree or a...

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Remain in him

Remain in him. John knows exactly what we need as we shift to a slower pace.   He uses the word “remain” six times in this passage alone—a word that can also be translated as “abide.”   Today, we might talk about “settling into” or “resting in” something solid and reliable.   And that happens when we take the time simply to be with the Lord. That might sound simple, but with so many things competing for our attention, quieting ourselves can be...

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