Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.
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Have you ever listened to a heartbeat? When holding a baby you can clearly feel their heart beating and the delicate flutter of a heartbeat can be heard even in the womb. In the Gospel of John, during the Last Supper, we read that John leaned up against Christ and listened to his heartbeat. What a privilege to listen to the heartbeat of God at the center of life—the beating heart of Jesus! In doing so John listened to the rhythm of life which is the rhythm of love.
Today we are reminded that “while no one has ever seen God” we can feel God’s heartbeat in loving our fellow brothers and sisters. It is this love that will bring us to perfection. Is there someone in your life today who needs to hear the heartbeat of God? How can you echo God’s beating heart today to this person?
—Julianne Stanz is a speaker, writer and mother of three, originally from Ireland, and Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay.
Lord, we trust that your hand is leading us. We accept the anxiety of feeling ourselves in suspense and incomplete. If we are uncertain, let our uncertainty serve you. For in this crucible where answers are few and guarantees are fleeting, we claim our dependency on you. We also believe that the slow work that you began in us will evolve and find expression according to your divine love.
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