31 Dec The Truth (1 Jn 2:18) by Shane Kapler
“Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared.” ~ 1 Jn 2:18 (full readings)
Shane’s Reflections: On this final day of the calendar year our minds naturally turn toward endings and new beginnings. Today’s first reading is a reminder that in the Church’s dark times, when “many antichrists have appeared,” and she has been persecuted to the point of martyrdom, her clinging to “the truth” has always allowed God to bring about a new birth. Today’s Gospel reading reminds us that as it was in the beginning, so it will be in the end: “In the beginning was the Word…What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn 1:1-4). Jesus – the way, truth and life – is unchanging, and therefore, utterly dependable.
* Shane Kapler is the author of Through, With, and In Him: The Prayer Life of Jesus and How to Make It Our Own and The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center. He is online at www.explainingchristianity.com..
Faith Challenge: After reflecting upon this past year’s activities to advance the Culture of Life, ask the Holy Spirit to indicate to you how you can best serve in the year ahead. Take at least five minutes to mull that over in the Lord’s presence.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel..
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Sylvester
Faith Quote: “And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.'” ~ Rev 21:5
Through Christ our Lord,