December 28, 2013
God’s Love and Christian Life
A reading from the First Letter of Saint John 4, 7 – 27:
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.
This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.
God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world. 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. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
I thank all those who have sent me a donation during the last month. This has been a great help for me. It is expensive during winter to buy heating oil, to pay to clean the yard and here we pay more for electricity during the winter as it is dark longer. Thank you for all your help.
Below you will find the message of Our Blessed Mother given to Father Melvin. Our Lady spoke to him these words,
“I love you My son Melvin and all My sons and daughters who have a great love for Me. My Son Jesus loves you all with all His heart and He suffered much for each one of you. I suffered together with Him starting with His birth in a stable in Bethlehem until His death on the Cross. If you are a follower of His then you are to love one another as He loves you. No Christian should hate a brother or sister even if that person hates him or her. You are to forgive everyone who hates you and does all kinds of things against you. You are to love yourself, love all the members of your family and love all your neighbors. In loving them you will pray for them that they may receive all the graces and gifts they need to live in close union with Jesus, My Son, and with Me. Remember that I love you and that I am praying for you every day. I earnestly pray that you will all be with Me in heaven one day.”