Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/010317.cfm
If you consider that God is righteous, you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness is begotten by him.
See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.
Everyone who commits sin commits lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who remains in him sins; no one who sins has seen him or known him.
Feel alone? Feel abandoned? You are a child of God and are never alone or abandoned. Our Lord does not leave us, we leave Him. We leave Him for the lure of the world with the promise of power and money. When we return to Him, we know that love and know that we are not alone. Is it not time you came home to the one who loves you most? Just walk into His arms, He is waiting for you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for receiving me home, giving me the love I desperately searched for, but did not find in the world. Your love is all I need and in the name of your Son Jesus, I give you honor, praise and glory, Amen
All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.