Tuesday, 7th January – Tuesday after Epiphany
Reflection: 1 John 4: 7-10
LOVING ONE ANOTHER
We all desire to be loved but many times we fail to extend the same to others. Sometimes, we misunderstand what being loved is all about. This misunderstanding of human’s fundamental need has made LOVE the most abused word and the most violated virtue of all time. Under the pretext of love, many are being manipulated and exploited, especially youths.
God is Love; Love is pure. Because the human heart essentially needs God, it essentially needs love. However, as a consequence of original sin, man rejected God (Love) and became inherently selfish i.e. a slave to sin (Romans 3:23). Thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ who set us free from the captivity of sin (Romans 6:4-6) and gave us new life. Until we accept and walk in this new life, our understanding of love remains dark. So we can erroneously claim that ‘love is blind’. The God of love is Light and cannot be blind (John 1: 3-5).
Lust is certainly blind, therefore we see people driven by lustful passion, committing all sorts of sexual immorality in the name of love, the aftermath of which can only be heartbreaks. 1Corinthians 13 chronicles the basic attributes of love. Let us take time to reflect on this. As we open our hearts to the love of God, He empowers us to love Him and to truly love one another (1John 4:19-21).
With this comes an understanding that protects us from the lust of the ravaging wolves around us. “It is characteristic of the divine light to brighten our eyes whenever we walk towards the fullness of love” Pope Francis; Lumen Fidei
PRAYER: Loving Father, please teach me to love and dispel all lustful inclinations from my heart. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2351: Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes.
HIDE A TREASURE: “If anyone says, “I love God” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen”
1 John 4:20 RSV-CE
Readings for today: 1John 4:7-10; Psalm 72: 1-4, 7-8; Mark 6:34-44