Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/010716.cfm
Beloved, we love God because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
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. In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
Why is it that we cannot live by this? There is so much hatred in this world and so much of it is for people we do not know. How can we hate those that we do not know? Why have we allowed so many people to stir up trouble, to incite us to hate our neighbors when we do not even know them? Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with you.
Prayer: Lord, show me how I can help bring peace to this earth. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.