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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122914.cfm
Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked.
Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to you but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. And yet I do write a new commandment to you, which holds true in him and among you, for the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall. Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
“The true light is already shining.” Darkness tries it’s best to put out the true light, but nothing will keep the light of Christ from shining. If you say you believe but do not shine with His light, John says you are still in darkness. Let the light of Christ shine in your life and all that you do. Without Him, you are blinded, seek His light and you will be free.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for shedding your light upon me. I was in darkness for years, but thanks to you and your love I am now in the light. May I be the light for others that you ask all believers to be. In Jesus’ holy and precious name, Amen.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!