04 Jan 1 John 3:10 (Love as He Loves) by Kevin McNicholas
“No one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God, nor anyone who does not love his brother.” ~ 1 John 3:10 (full readings)
Kevin’s Reflections: What does it mean to “act in righteousness” and “love [our] brother”? The word ‘brother’ minus the ‘br’ spells ‘other.’ We are called to love others. How much do we have to love others? The answer is as He loves us. That is much easier said than done, but gaining eternal life and finding favor with God is well worth losing our pride and striving to love. Had Jesus not come to earth and died for our sins out of love, we would not have the model of Perfect Love. While it may be difficult in this life to forgive and love, our Savior has taught us the Way!
* Kevin McNicholas is a school social worker in Alton, IL. Kevin and his wife Laura made a pilgrimage to Poland this past summer to experience their Champion of Faith, Blessed John Paul II.
Faith Challenge: Who am I struggling to love? My spouse? A relative? A co-worker? Myself? Let us each pray to overcome our struggle and love others as God loves us.
Counter-Culture News: LSN, LifeNews, Priests for Life, AFA, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Feast Day: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Faith Quote: “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~ Mother Teresa
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Our Lady of Medjugorie calls us to pray the Rosary daily and to fast once during the week (usually Wednesdays). Fast from what separates you from God, and please remember priests and religious in your Rosaries!
* Save Unborn (and family): Abortion reality…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 and Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers and re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.