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Saturday, January 5, 2002

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St. John Neumann (USA)

1 John 3:11-21
Psalm 100
John 1:43-51

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what's a four-letter word for life?

"The way we came to understand love was that He laid down His life for us." —1 John 3:16

Love is:

  • "the message you heard from the beginning" (1 Jn 3:11),
  • the meaning of life,
  • the command of God,
  • a grace of God,
  • "based on the truth" (2 Jn 2),
  • the way we know we "have passed from death to life" (1 Jn 3:14),
  • the way we know "we are committed to the truth" (1 Jn 3:19),
  • the way for us to be alive in Christ and not "among the living dead" (1 Jn 3:14),
  • the way to eternal life,
  • laying down our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters (1 Jn 3:16) and even for our enemies (Mt 5:44),
  • often very painful,
  • to be expressed "in deed and in truth" and not only in words (1 Jn 3:18),
  • the motivation of a Christian (2 Cor 5:14),
  • the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22),
  • the essence of God (1 Jn 4:16),
  • stronger than death (see Sg 8:6),
  • the result of purification (1 Pt 1:22),
  • a mystery beyond words, and
  • forever (see 1 Cor 13:13).

Therefore, let us ask God to grace us to receive Him, Who is Love. Let us repent and receive the Holy Spirit so that He may produce the fruit of love in our lives (Gal 5:22). Let us live in love (1 Jn 4:16; Jn 15:9). Let us have a Christmas, a year, and a life of love.

Prayer:  Father, may I live and die for love.

Promise:  "Come, see for yourself." —Jn 1:46

Praise:  St. John's love moved him to come to America, become a priest, a bishop, and America's first canonized saint.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, May 30, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 4, 2001