Posted by: livingscripture | January 6, 2015

Tuesday after Epiphany

From the Word of the Day

Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.

  ( 1 John 3:22)

How should we live this Wordjcheart

Today’s first reading makes the astounding statement that ‘God is Love’.  It says that ‘falling in love with God is not make-believe; it is the only reality.  It is echoed in Paul’s soaring affirmation that “nothing can separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8: 39).  It was a truth about which Paul said he was absolutely certain.  it is a reality in which we can trust – trust absolutely.  ‘Learning to trust’ is not just for children in school.  In Jesus’ parable of the sower (Matt 30: 4-9) the first and the most basic meaning is that we can trust God, that Jesus did in fact trust God totally. Though much of the seed failed to bear fruit, what grew produced a miraculous harvest.  Scripture scholars tell us that this parable as Jesus said it, was to counter criticisms that His plan was going nowhere.  it was a retort that said despite setbacks, God’s way would triumph in the end.  we can count on it!  Christianity grew from just a few hundred individuals at the Resurrection to majority status in  the Roman empire in under 300 years – precisely because it brought good news to a world blanketed by despair.  the world is as hungry to hear that message now as it was in Paul’s time.Paul, quoting Isaiah, blessed those who bring the good news, reminding his converts, and us, “How can they hear unless there is someone to proclaim it?” (Romans 10: 15)

Lord, open my mouth!  Give me the words you want me to bring to our world!Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will eagerly share the Good News of Jesus’ love with all I meet!

 The Voice of Sr. Juana Ines de la Cruz, Mexican Nun, Poet, Dramatist, Author

 Christ, I see You, and to know what You are I need to believe, but I also know You are great, though my eyes do not see it.

 

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