Tuesday 5 January

Today is Tuesday the 5 January, in the season of Christmas.

 

Audrey Assad sings, ‘Little Things With Great Love’.

 

Today’s reading is from the First Epistle of John.

 

1 John 3:11-21

For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s
righteous. Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before
him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God...

 

We know our vocation is to put love into action. One of life’s tasks is to discern: how do I love best? What is my own particular, most creative way of loving? 

 

Over the last few days, when have you loved best?

 

John speaks of us having ‘goods’ which are meant to be shared with those in need . . . What ‘goods’ or ‘gifts’ has God endowed you with, to share with the world?

 

Listening again, notice how John understands Christian love . . .

 

Speak to God, who is love, and say how you would like to offer your life for others this day.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.