From this week’s Second Reading from the Letter of St. John:
Let us love not in word or speech
but in deed and truth.
Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth
and reassure our hearts before Him
in whatever our hearts condemn,
for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence in God
and receive from Him whatever we ask,
because we keep His commandments and do what pleases Him.
And His commandment is this:
we should believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ,
and love one another just as He commanded us.
John’s exhortation is our gift and challenge as Christians. To live this call, we need Jesus at our side. In a recent homily, Pope Francis encouraged us to open three doors to know Jesus:
“The first door is praying to Jesus. You must realize that studying without prayers is no use. We must pray to Jesus to get to know him better. The great theologians did their theology while kneeling. Pray to Jesus! By studying and praying we get a bit closer…But we’ll never know Jesus without praying. Never! Never! The second door is celebrating Jesus. Prayer on its own is not enough, we need the joy of celebration. We must celebrate Jesus through His Sacraments, because these give us life, they give us strength, they nourish us, they comfort us, they forge an alliance with us, they give us a mission. Without celebrating the Sacraments, we’ll never get to know Jesus. This is what the Church is all about: celebration. The third door is imitating Jesus. Take the Gospel, what did He do, how was His life, what did He tell us, what did He teach us and try to imitate Him.”