December 28, 2020

Usually, when you have an “if,” it is followed by a “then.” In today’s epistle from Saint John, there are six different “ifs” and only one “then.” Some of the “ifs” are negative behavior, and some of the “ifs” are positive behavior. Whether today you’ve committed a negative “if” or today you’ve fared better on the positive side, Saint John wants us to know a couple of things.

We are to acknowledge our sins. God will forgive us our sins. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin. We have an advocate with God the Father; Jesus Christ, the righteous one. Jesus is the expiation (the blotting out or removal of sin) for our sins. We are to walk in the light as he is in the light… THEN we have fellowship with one another.

Our relationship with others can only be as good as our relationship with God. It all starts with love for God. Nothing else can be fulfilling if our love for God is ignored. Love for our neighbor is the practical outworking of love for God.

Father Eymard was not only a brilliant man but also full of wisdom. To Countess D’Andigne, in a letter dated November 1867, he states, “Apply yourself to achieve a stable spirit of divine love in your various duties, actions and interior states.”

Love always starts with attitude before action. Let us follow Jesus as Father Eymard did.

Let Us Pray:

Dear heavenly Father, help us to love you more than ever to stir us to love others more than ever. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.


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About Rick Costanza

Rick is a parishioner at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland Ohio and a member of the parish's Men's Bible Study.