Mass Reading & Meditation for January 8, 2013
Meditation: 1 John 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God. (1 John 4:7)
Clean water is essential to our health. It is so important that scientists have developed intricate ways to purify our drinking water. From citywide filtration systems to simple at-home attachments to our kitchen tap, these filters help guarantee that we drink the cleanest water possible.
Similarly, God is concerned with our spiritual health. And so he asks us to rely on the filter of his own love to help purify our words and actions. He wants everything we say, think, and do to pass through the cleansing filter of his love so that we end up reflecting his love in every situation. That’s why he has given us his Holy Spirit: so that the love of God can continually be “poured out into our hearts” (Romans 5:5).
We all know how easy it is to love the ones who love us back. But what about those people who disagree with our political views or who consider us backwards and old-fashioned? What about those people who rub us the wrong way or who have hurt us? Yes, we have to love them as well!
The only way we can show this kind of love is by embracing God’s love, by letting his perfect love “filter out” the harmful, toxic reactions we have to people we may not like. His love softens our hearts. It binds up our wounds. It heals our memories. It teaches us to love and to forgive. The same love that moved Jesus to the cross can move us to put to death resentment, indifference, hatred, and anger.
It would be nice if we could have a simple three-step method to overcome our lack of love in just one week. But it’s not so easy. We need to seek God’s love and immerse ourselves in his word every single day. The changes we seek may not happen right away, but they will happen. We may even find ourselves still struggling with a couple of difficult situations a year from now. But one thing we can be sure of: if we try our best to seek God’s love, he will find us. And as we are found by the Lord, we will become more loving.
“Thank you, Jesus, for loving me so faithfully! Help me to be a pure vessel of your presence.”
Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8; Mark 6:34-44