MEMORIAL OF ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON, RELIGIOUS

January 4, 2019

1 John 3:7-10

 

Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. Everyone who commits sin is a child of the devil; for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born of God do not sin, because God’s seed abides in them; they cannot sin, because they have been born of God. The children of God and the children of the devil are revealed in this way: all who do not do what is right are not from God, nor are those who do not love their brothers and sisters.

 

 

Psalm 98:1, 7-9

 

O sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
    have gotten him victory.

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.

 

 

John 1:35-42

 

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples,  and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”  The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.  When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”  He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.  He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed).  He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

 

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Meditation

 

The first reading is very clear regarding sin and what spirit is behind it. Those who perform righteous deeds are of God. Those who do not do what is right have a different father, the devil, along with those who do not love their brothers and sisters. The confusing part is when there is deception as we are warned. Have you ever known a person who hates others? They may even attend Mass regularly like a chameleon that changes to match the environment. He wants to be counted amidst the good people but can harbor anger, brooding over some slight he received or disagreement with someone.

 

We see that there is no agreement between God’s children and sin. As His children, we are expressions of His love. He is the lamb with no blemish who was sacrificed for sin. And we sacrifice our own pride, ego, selfishness, and carnality so that we can be at peace with our brothers and with ourselves.

 

The Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the devil. Andrew, Peter and John saw him and followed. It takes strength to see the power of purity and love and completely embrace it. Unlike those who feel powerful when they are embracing wrath or who see forgiveness as weakness.

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always be counted as your child in righteousness. May in never harbor hate for anyone or become comfortable in my own justifications when someone sins against me. May all those who are blinded by ego or who will not acknowledge their sin be given special insight into the state of their souls. By your grace, may they develop a new interior emotional strength and a holy horror that deception, pride and spite only serve to make them children of the devil so that they may repent. Amen

 

 

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