Thursday, January 8, 2015

1 John 4:19---5:4, Psalm 72:1-2, 14-15 & 17, Luke 4:14-22


1 John 4:19---5:4, Psalm 72:1-2, 14-15 & 17,  Luke 4:14-22

1 John 4:19---5:4

My Beloved,  love - true love in every instance and circumstance will elicit a response.  It can either be accepted or rejected. But the lover loves the beloved freely and gives all.  The lover delights in pouring out himself without reserve and the beloved in turn returns love for love just as the Father and You love each other.

To love God and neighbour is not an option, it is a commandment.  We cannot love one and not love the other for true love of God makes it possible to loves ones neighbour.

Luke 4:14-22

My Beloved, when we receive the Holy Spirit we must trust Him implicitly to lead us where God wants us to go.  When we open our mouths to speak of You and Your work and life in us, we must open our lips and trust Him to supply the words.

When we speak, we must speak Your Word which is Spirit, Truth and Life.  We must lay claim to the same mission to which the Father sent You for it is our mission as well. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and announce the Lord’s year of mercy.” (Luke 18-19) The world is hungry and thirsty for the message of life that we have received and like St. Paul we must preach it or woe to us, or as the prophet Jeremiah has said,"His word in my heart becomes like a fire burning deep within my bones. I try so hard to hold it in, but I cannot do it."  Your Word when unspoken within us must become a consuming fire that our hearts cannot contain.  

Once You completed in all obedience, humility and perfection the mission the Father had given You He seated You at His right hand.  We too fix our gaze on You for we believe that all You have said is true.

There will always be those who will snidely say, "Who is this but Joseph's son." They think it gives them a plausible excuse to deny the Truth but those who do listen will be lost in wonder and awe and we will be filled as Your listeners were that day with the grace of God. 

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