Posted by: livingscripture | January 8, 2009

January 8, 2009 Thursday after Epiphany

From the Word of the Day

 

Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God; everyone who loves is  begotten of God and has knowledge of God.

  (1 John 4, 7)

 

How should we live this Word

 

This is one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith.  It shines more brightly than the noonday sun. It adheres to the two fundamental needs of the human heart: to be loved and to love.  That of being loved is expressed in unequivocal way, ‘Love consists in this; not that we have loved God, but that he has loved us and has sent his son as an offering for our sins’.  It is from this absolute certainty that flows the possibility of drawing on the second profound need of the heat, that of loving. God is LOVE and He continues to generate.  What does a God who is Love generate if not ever new realities of love?

 

Thus we have the commandment par excellence which includes all the rest and coincides with the answer, not only to a general law of life – not of violence or death —   but to a law inscribed in the depths of the human heart.  Just as the hearth lives only if it burns, thus a person lives only by love.  If not, it is ashes, an ego frozen by its own lack of love.

 

Today in my time for silent contemplation I will dive into the certainty that, if Love is a gift that the Lord gives us anew each day, Love among ourselves is not only possible but healing, pacifying, such as to pave the roads of peace.

 

My God, grant that I may perceive that I am LOVED and in an attitude of love, grant that I may receive and help everyone I meet along the way.

 

The voice of Chiara Lubich, witness                  

 

God is Love!  God is Father!  Our heart opens and unites itself to the One who loves us, who thinks of everything, who counts even the hairs of our head.  Both joyful and painful circumstances take on new meaning.  All is foreseen or permitted by God’s love.  Nothing can ever cause us to fear again.


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