Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/010916.cfm
Beloved: We have this confidence in him that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin,about which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.
We know that anyone begotten by God does not sin; but the one begotten by God he protects, and the Evil One cannot touch him. We know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the power of the Evil One. We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Children, be on your guard against idols.
We have a world full of false idols and the temptations to worship them. We have turned money, fame, stuff into idols. They are the things in our life that take our time and attention from God. What idols do you have in your life? What do you need to turn from in order to give your heart back to God? Take a careful look and honestly take stock of what distracts you from the Lord. Do your really need them to sustain your life? Or do you need the Lord more?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please show me the things in my life that distract me from giving you all my love and attention. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord takes delight in his people, Alleluia.