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A Friend Who Upgrades Me

by Fr. David M. Knight

View readings for Thursday, December 28, 2023, the Feast of The Holy Innocents:

Lectionary no. 698 (1John 1:5 to 2:22; Psalm 124; Matthew 2:13-18)

If we acknowledge our sins, he… will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. 1John 1:9.


Who really knows my sins? Not just my acts of sin, but the deep sinfulness they come out of: the false views of myself and others? The persistent desires I can’t get rid of?  The things in me that make me beg, “A clean heart create in me, O God!”


My best friends don’t know these things. I barely do myself.


But Jesus does. And still accepts me. Even loves me—more than I love myself. He can do that because he sees all I am and can be. He sees more good in me right now than I see in myself. And he wants to bring it to fullness.


Love is to want others to esse et bene esse: to “be and to become” all they can be. Jesus sees I can become more than I—or anyone else—could believe.


And he wants to make it happen.


Christianity is letting Jesus Christ upgrade us—by letting us “know the love that surpasses knowledge.” Look for that.


Friendship is interaction. Interact with Jesus and you will become “far more than all you can ask or imagine” (Read Ephesians 3:17-21).


ACTION: When you doubt yourself, ask how Jesus sees you.


PRAYER: “Lord, be with me. Let me be with you.”

Reflections brought to you by the Immersed in Christ Ministry

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