THE SERVANT GENERAL
THEME FOR 2019
ON MISSION – 2
Today’s reading: 1 John 4:19-5:4
most basic trait or virtue of a Christian is love. The greatest
commandments are love of God and love of neighbor. God is
love and God loves us. In turn, “we love because he
first loved us.” (v.4:19).
are we to love? Everyone, including our enemy. But we start
with those closest to us, our fellow Christians. “This
is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must
also love his brother.” (v.4:21). We are the family
of God. We are the people of God. This starts with the nuclear
family, which are the parents and their children. Then we
have the family of families, the community of which we are
a part, which for us is CFC-FFL. Then there is the larger
Church, and the parishes of which we are part.
familiesnuclear, community, parish, universalare
bound together by faith in Jesus. “Everyone who believes
that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone
who loves the father loves also the one begotten by him.”
(v.5:1). Thus in Christ we become children of the Father,
and in the Father we love those others who are also His children.
we love our brethren to manifest our love for God, but we
also manifest our love for God by obeying His commandments.
“For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments.”
(v.5:3a). God commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves
and we do so. But God also sends us forth to proclaim the
gospel. Every child of God is to be an evangelizer, to help
bring the world under submission to Christ. Thus, “whoever
is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that
conquers the world is our faith.” (v.5:4).
we are called to be the family of God, and we are called to
be the army of God. We are families on mission. Love unites
and binds together the family, and love impels us to proclaim
the love of God to many others, all of them children of God,
to the ends of the earth.
ultimately assures us that we are living out the commandment
to love? It is when we become families on mission. “In
this way we know that we love the children of God when we
love God and obey his commandments.” (v.5:2).
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