Jan. 5, 2016 (Memorial of St. John Neumann)

1 John 4:7-10 “Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” Love is a frequent topic in Johannine writings (the Gospel, the Letters, the Book of Revelation). Our society has many definitions of “love.” God’s love is sacrificial and without reservations. He loved us first. What about our love? How do we express it? Is it only a feeling we have? Jesus tells us what love is,” If you love me you will keep my commandments.” Love is shown in the act of obedience. I know people don’t like to hear that but that’s what Jesus says.

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One thought on “Jan. 5, 2016 (Memorial of St. John Neumann)

  1. Love between human beings is most often accompanied by feelings, whether it is a love of friendship or the love that involves a life long union of body and soul in marriage. It feels good to be in contact with the persons we love. God has made it so.
    We can love however without emotion, such is the case when we help persons we will never meet; like victims of disasters. That is selfless love and hopefully it is rooted in our love for Jesus the Christ, who explained to us, that what we do for those in need is done to Him.
    If we want feeling in loving God, one should give careful consideration to what we ask for. I remember thinking one day before receiving the Eucharist; “This is the same Jesus in the Eucharist that walked the dusty hills of Galilee and hugged the little children that crawled up onto His lap. Why don’t I feel something when I receive the host?” I came away from that reception of Jesus, overcome by emotion and sobbing uncontrollably and with no little embarrassment as people looked at me quizzically.

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