May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Learn more about the Octave of Christmas: http://liturgicalyear.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/celebrating-the-octave-of-christmas/

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123014.cfm

I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven for his name’s sake. 

I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men, because you have conquered the Evil One. 

I write to you, children, because you know the Father. 

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. 

I write to you, young men, because you are strong and the word of God remains in you, and you have conquered the Evil One. 

Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever. 

Do you love the things of the world? Are you searching for love “in all the wrong places”? These are not the things of the Lord, they are the things of the world and thus have no value. Pay attention to what John is telling you, it means more than the things of the world. Live forever by living with Christ. His are the only promise you can live by. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your son and the freedom that you have given us. All I ask Lord is that others open their eyes and learn your ways, the way to happiness and wholeness in you alone. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

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