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St. John Neumann

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

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proof is in the love

"That we have passed from death to life we know because we love the brothers." —1 John 3:14

We Christians say that we are new people filled with the Spirit, but we all have a history of self-deception. How do we know that we have passed from death to life? We know that we are no longer "among the living dead" (1 Jn 3:14), but are alive in Christ because of our love for the brothers and sisters. We love them so much that by God's grace we will even lay down our lives for them (1 Jn 3:16). Our love for other Christians is so practical that we provide for their needs at our own expense (1 Jn 3:17).

This love for other Christians extends to our neighbors (see Mt 22:39) and even to our enemies (Mt 5:44). To love everyone this deeply under any circumstances is humanly impossible and truly divine. This proves that we have received a new nature (see Jn 3:3), become new creations (see Gal 6:15), and are disciples of Jesus (Jn 13:35).

Has this Christmas season been further proof that God Himself and eternal life abide in your hearts? (see 1 Jn 3:15) If not, repent and end the Christmas season loving with a divine love.

Prayer:  Father, may I love my enemies as You do.

Promise:  "I solemnly assure you, you shall see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." —Jn 1:51

Praise:  St. John introduced Forty Hours devotions, the sacrament of love, to a whole new world.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Divine Love on audio AV 52-3 or video V-52.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 30, 2007

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