“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 John 3:18-24

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TODAY’S WORD…

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My children, our love should not be just words and talk;

it must be true love, which shows itself in action.

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This, then, is how we will know that we belong to the truth;

this is how we will be confident in God’s presence.

If our conscience condemns us,

we know that God is greater than our conscience

and that He knows everything.

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And so, my dear friends,

if our conscience does not condemn us, we have courage in God’s presence.

We receive from Him whatever we ask,

because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him.

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What He commands is that we believe in His Son Jesus Christ

and love one another, just as Christ commanded us.

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Those who obey God’s commands live in union with God

and God lives in union with them.

And because of the Spirit that God has given us

we know that God lives in union with us.

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– 1 John 3:18-24 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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When I stop and reflect on God’s love for me,

and then look inside myself to see if I love Him back through my thoughts and deeds,

and whether I truly obey His commandments…all of them…fully…

does my conscience condemn me?

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God knows everything;

not only does He know my sins and my frailties,

He also knows my repentance and my good desires,

and He understands and forgives me.

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This teaching on divine mercy is very clear:

if our conscience tells me I have done wrong,

I can seek forgiveness and strengthen my hope in God.

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The love of God is mightier than our sins

and He is rich in mercy – He is Mercy!

So we must always strive to live in union with God

that God may live in union with us.

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May God be your house and you God’s;

dwell in God that God may dwell in you.

God dwells in you to support you;

you dwell in God in order not to fall.

Keep the commandments, have charity.

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QUOTE…

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“His love for us does not cease in the face of our sin

or recoil before our offences,

but becomes even more attentive and generous;

when we realise that this love went so far as to cause the Passion and Death of the Word

made flesh

who consented to redeem us at the price of His own blood,

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exclaim in gratitude:

‘Yes, the Lord is rich in mercy’, and even: ‘The Lord is Mercy”

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– St. John Paul II

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Forgive me, my Saviour, I want to dwell in You that You may dwell in me.

Lord, You know everything. You know that I love you!

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