We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Ignatius Loyola often reminds us that our love is more evident in what we do than in what we say. Our actions really do speak louder than our words. Today’s first reading on the feast of the evangelist St. John challenges us in a similar way to actually bear witness to Jesus, the Word of Life, who comes anew to our waiting world.
Of course our deeds flow from “what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked upon and our hands have touched,” as today’s first reading suggests. All of this forms the “word of life” which flows into the various activities of my daily living.
So how does this gift of new life affect what I say today, the judgments I make about another, my iPad and iPhone interactions, all I accomplish throughout this Christmas week?
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
You are all we have, you give us what we need. Our lives our in your hands, O Lord, our lives are in your hands.
—”You Are All We Have,” by Patrick O’Brien, © 1992, GIA Publications Inc