It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 27, 2005


I’m not doing a specific Bible Study right now,
so I thought I’d reflect on the readings we have for each day.

1 John 1:1-4

We can all become beloved disciples just like John!

What we read about John tells us how intently he listened to Jesus’ preaching and teaching, how closely he watched as Jesus healed and delivered people, and how open and teachable John was whenever Jesus spoke to him. No wonder we celebrate his feast day during the season of Christmas—a season so focused on Jesus’ own passionate love for us!

John’s passion for Jesus stretched back to his initial encounter with the Lord. On the banks of the Sea of Galilee, he left the security of father, home, and livelihood at Jesus’ invitation—and he never looked back.

John was called by Jesus during the first year of his ministry, and traveled everywhere with him, becoming so close as to be known as the beloved disciple. He was the only one of the Twelve not to forsake the Savior in the hour of his Passion, standing at the foot of the cross with Jesus' mother Mary and Mary Magdalene

St. John's love for Christ overtook fear (1 Jn 4:18) as he received the grace to stand at the foot of the cross and was able to share in the Good News of Jesus' resurrection

As we cooperate with the ever-present grace of God, we can come to know him more and more clearly. We can come in touch with his passion for us, and that passion will enkindle a fire in our own hearts.

May I be open to what God wants me to do with this new year. Another year to appreciate and share the love of our Lord just like the 'beloved disciple'.

Our Christmas celebration continues until January 8th and I’ll try to post as often as I can to reflect on the wonderfulness of God’s word.

‘On Ya’ - ma

1 comment:

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