Thursday of the Third Week in Epiphany
1 John 4:13-21
If you have any love in you at all, it is because God, who is Love, is present to you through the Holy Spirit. God does not indwell in us as a reward for our loving; rather God’s presence makes it possible to love.
Love is super-natural; it is beyond our nature and us. Yes, it’s easy to love those who love you, as Matthew 5:46 declares; but love goes beyond egoism and personal attraction and preference, giving a divine quality to our lives, not coming from ourselves, but from God.
The theme of “abiding” or “indwelling” is a central one for John, both in the letters and in his Gospel. Take each verse and let their truths sink deep. Brood over this teaching: “Perfect love casts out fear.” The Lord of love dwells in you, burning away all fear until you are aglow with love.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. During the seasons of Advent to Epiphany this year, we read the three letters of John.