Thursday, January 14, 2021

Caritas ex Deo | Love from God

Dear Friends, let us love one another. —1 John 4:7

Loving is simple and difficult at the same time. Simple because it is very natural and pleasant. Difficult because it takes time, effort, and patience. 

Each of us learns to love throughout the whole life. We have so many stories of love in our memory. Love when we were teenagers. Human and divine love. Ups and downs. Smiles and tears of love. Pleasure and suffering. All these experiences are parts of our life. 

We cannot give up but keep loving others because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God (1 Jn 4:7). 

God's love is concrete. Therefore, our love should be the same. We also should show our brothers and sisters that we really love them. Obviously, it is not so easy. Because we need to forget about ourselves, about our own needs, and focus on the needs of others. We are to share our time and attention with others. We ought to love one another (1 Jn 4:11). 

If we start to love even our enemies, we become winners. For the Lord Jesus lives in us and his love is complete in us (1 Jn 4:12). He showed us how to love everybody and especially those who are sinners. 

As Christians, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit which enables us to behave like Jesus. We are witnesses of Christ living in the world. Through acts of love, we can also help other people experience God's love. 

So let's be courageous and love one another with perfect and divine love. Let's love because Jesus Christ first loved us (1 Jn 4:19). Amen.

Reflection on 1 John 4:7-21 by Fr. J√≥zef Trzebuniak, SVD

(Listen to the Podcast here)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Fr. Jozef for sharing the inspirational reflection to love.