• Father David M. Knight

A Friend Who Makes Love Happen

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

1John 2:3-11; Psalm 96; Luke 2:22-35

Sing to the LORD a new song.… Tell his glory…. Psalm 96:1... What is the new song? What is God’s glory?

It is the song of Jesus. Jesus came to cast new light on earth: to reveal that God loves all of us, and that all of us can love one another—as Jesus does.

Jesus reveals the glory of God loving all in all.

In heaven, “We will be like him in glory, because we will see him as he is”—and love as he does (1John 3:2).

Seeing and being go together. So do living and loving.

We know we have passed from death to life because we love one another (1John 3:14).

We don’t really know Jesus until we experience what it is to be like him. And we experience that by following him as the Way, knowing him as the Truth, and acting in union with him as the Life.

This is the way we know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked (1John 2:5).

In love.

The Good News is that we can. Jesus empowers us.

As members of Christ’s body, we are all living by his own divine life. St. Augustine said, “In heaven there will be but one Christ, loving himself.”

Friendship is interaction. Interact with Jesus and you will learn how to love.

ACTION: Treat one person today as Jesus would.

PRAYER: “Lord, do this with me, do this in me, do this through me.”

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