Daily Office Readings for 3rd Week of Easter: Tuesday: Year 1
“The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.” (1 John 4:21)
We must learn to love God, God, the Creator and lover of our souls. Without God we would not exist. And, while not everybody’s lives are lived out in the best possible way, we have what we have. Moreover, perhaps those of us who are doing well should do all we can to help the down trodden to live better. All people should live happy, peaceful, and good lives.
Jesus reaffirms the Jewish Law that we should love God first with all that we are. (Deuteronomy 6) And to this, “Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37 – 40)
Even though we say it’s hard to love an unseen God we must ponder our God and try to love God in thankfulness and praise. It’s possible if not easy. And remember, “Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. (1 John 4:20) So true.
God made it easier for us to love God by coming to us as Jesus in order that we might have a human person to focus on. “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.” (1John 4:9)
I believe we should strive to love others “through” Jesus. In this way we see others through Jesus’ eyes. To first look at others, and then try to bring Jesus in, is putting it backwards. We must put God first even when looking at, or thinking of, others. And before we do that we must have a relationship with God ourselves. “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: again; “God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.” (1John 4:9) Living through Jesus, we learn to love others in a much more meaningful and unconditional way.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.