The Word of God

I Love You More

Reflection on Mass Reading for January 6, 2022

Theme for January: “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

“Beloved, we love God because he first loved us.” From time to time, we hear people in a relationship say things like “I loved you first” and “I love you more.” At times, this can be troubling because someone could be about to start a fight or, worse, trying to out-do the other or belittle the other. When God says this to us, it takes on a completely wonderful and different perspective, one, hopefully, that brings us into His loving heart and thus allows us to love each other with a deeper sense of compassion, honesty, and selflessness. “This is the commandment we have from him: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

God’s love for us is as mysterious as the very nature of God Himself. It is completely awesome and overwhelming, especially when you realize how you and I utter these words and act upon our love for one another. “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves also the one begotten by him.” There is yet another magnificent aspect to all this for us today who are reading the Scriptures and are attempting to live a good life full of love. There is a deep and intricate connection between the love we have for God, others, and ourselves. The stronger the one, the stronger the others. But they are not the same, nor could they be. If we accept that God has loved us first with an everlasting love, it will undoubtedly translate into a very patient and loving approach to everyone we meet today, even those who make life harder for us. Especially for those. This is precisely why Jesus came, died, and rose from the dead: “And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.”

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” St. Augustine

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