I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have conquered the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young people, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.
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
By now the Christmas presents are opened, the cookies and treats are almost gone, and perhaps calm has been restored to the pre-Christmas frenzy. I try to remind myself not to get caught up in the materialism of Christmas. Some days I succeed and some I don’t. Jesus is born! What can be better?
Jesus is truth, he is in all things. Despite this, our world entices us to love worldly things and not the Father. Today’s reading ends with “Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.” Hopefully if our faith is on solid ground we can avoid the enticements. What really matters is what will remain forever. Love of God, family, and friends is forever. The presents, possessions, food and drink will never sustain us for long. God knows and loves us from the beginning; can we love and serve him until forever?
—Jane Glynn-Nass, RN, BSN, serves as Provincial Assistant for Health Care within the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin provinces of the Society of Jesus.
Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart,and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love, and that will decide everything.
—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.