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dc.contributor.authorMorse, Edwarden_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 215en_US
dc.description.abstract|Today's first reading speaks of a familiar topic for Christians - love for God and love for our human brothers and sisters. The passage in 1 John helps put substance into the meaning of love - "For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments." We do not always keep those commandments, despite the assessment that those commandments are not burdensome. |When we think about the commandments, they resonate as true and good, at least in the abstract. But they still present challenges for us in particular cases. If failing to love a brother reflects a failure to love God, then we do indeed fail often. But of course, it is because we have seen our brother or sister that makes it difficult for us! Perhaps it is because we do not see the right things about them, or more particularly, we cannot see beyond those things that get in our way. |Alas, I am a selective seer who often focuses on those things that I want to see. I recognize that my filters need to be adjusted and recalibrated often, though not always in time to spare me from error. This recalibration requires a touch from God. "Beloved, we love God because he first loved us." This divine pattern of initiation gives us hope; let us not forget this as we encounter our own failings. They should bring us back to that first love and our need for God. Encountering God's love and mercy bring us back to our senses, helping us see more clearly. We have the sacraments as a tangible means for assistance in this regard. |The gospel for today includes the prophetic passage from Isaiah that we also heard during Advent - but this time it is coming from the mouth of our Lord. Those words sound melodious to the ears -- I would have joined those who heard Jesus in being amazed at these poetic and gracious words. But many of these same folks wanted to kill Jesus when he started to do the things foretold by the prophet. Once again we are seeing a human capacity to embrace an abstraction, perhaps because we are able to reconstruct it to fit into our own categories and priorities. Recalibration is in order. |Let us pray to the Lord for true vision, for just judgments, and most of all, to see the depth of his love for us so that we can reflect his gift of life more completely in all our seeing, hearing, and doing. Thanks be to God.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherThursday after Epiphanyen_US
dc.titleReflection for January 9, 2014: Thursday after Epiphany.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Lawen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorMorse, Edward A.en_US 3en_US
dc.subject.local11 John 4:19-5:4en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 72:1-2, 14, 15bc, 17en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 4:14-22aen_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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