1 John 3:1 – November 12, 2018

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. 1 John 3:1 NABRE      This First Letter of John is substantial, it is a teaching about Christian faith and love. It describes the qualities of those who truly belong to God and have fellowship with Father and Son.…

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3 John 1:2 – November 11, 2018

Beloved, I hope you are prospering in every respect and are in good health, just as your soul is prospering. 3 John 1:2 NABRE      This Third Letter of John is the shortest writing in the cannon called the New Testament. It is not a letter concerned with truths of the faith or calling for love. This letter concerns relationships, and in particular the relationships between leaders in the early Church. John is writing about a…

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John 1:2-3 – November 6, 2018

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. John 1:2-3 NABRE      John in the opening of his gospel has a beautiful poem. It speaks about the eternity of God, the Word’s participation in creating the world, the Word’s activity in the world and in Israel and then John addresses the incarnation of the Word.…

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1 John 4:18 – October 31, 2018

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 NABRE      At the heart of John’s letter is a meditation on love; where love originated and how it must be expressed. It begins; “beloved let us love one another, because love is of God … anyone without love does not know God,…

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1 John 4:19 – October 27, 2018

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NABRE      John in his first letter provides detail calling us to love one another. Then he goes into a deeper meditation on what love is, where it originates and how it must be expressed. Love originates in God, because God is love, and love is manifested above all in the gift of God’s Son who dies for us. We must love one another, in fact…

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