The Second reading on Sunday, for the Feast of the Holy Family in year C, the Year of Luke, speaks of God’s love for us and what will be our future, by his love.
Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,
by letting us be called God’s children;
and that is what we are.
Because the world refused to acknowledge him,
therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God
but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;
all we know is, that when it is revealed
we shall be like him
because we shall see him as he really is.
My dear people,
if we cannot be condemned by our own conscience,
we need not be afraid in God’s presence,
and whatever we ask him,
we shall receive,
because we keep his commandments
and live the kind of life that he wants.
His commandments are these:
that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ
and that we love one another
as he told us to.
Whoever keeps his commandments
lives in God and God lives in him.
We know that he lives in us
by the Spirit that he has given us.
1 John 3:1-2,21-24
What we are to be in the future has not been revealed – but, as we prepare for the turning of the Year, it is something that we might give some thought to.
Not so much as to what work we will be doing, or what events might or might not take place, but to the sort of person we are and want, through God’s grace to be.
- What qualities, by God’s grace do I want to grow in?
- What qualities, with God’s grace, would I like to lose or temper?
- What steps, with God’s grace, might I take in this direction?
Fundamentally, of course, the call is to love as we are loved – and for those and that we love to be those and that which God loves.
- Where is there convergence between God’s love and mine?
- Where divergence?
Disordered treasures? Shop front in Venice. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.