If we obey God’s commands,
then we are sure that we know Him.
If we say that we know Him, but do not obey His commands,
we are liars and there is no truth in us.
But if we obey His word,
we are the ones whose love for God has really been made perfect.
This is how we can be sure that we are in union with God:
if we say that we remain in union with God,
we should live just as Jesus Christ did.
– 1 John 2:3-6 (GNT)
Many claim that they know God
and love Him
and that they are in union with Him,
substantiating their claim by going to Him with their woes
and constantly asking for His favours and graces.
Then there are those who attend Sunday Mass somewhat begrudgingly,
because they regard God in the same manner they would some rich relative
who they don’t really visit out of love
but only because they fear they will be disinherited if they don’t!
We must go to the Lord, by all means,
every Sunday and even more frequently if possible,
gladly, and as a sign of our love for Him.
And loving God involves obeying His commandments,
acknowledging that they are there to help us through life.
Keeping the commandments is therefore a sign of true knowledge of God.
Knowing God is not merely an intellectual exercise,
nor can the immensity of God be grasped by our limited understanding.
Knowing God refers to something much simpler and more important:
knowing God means being united to Him by faith and love – by grace.
Keeping the commandments is therefore absolutely necessary,
for we cannot love God with mere words,
but in truth and action
docilely accepting and following His direction.
Above all, we Christians must identify our life with Christ’s.
Loving God is seeking to live like Christ lived (Christ should be our Mentor)
as we strive towards an everlasting glorious union with our Maker.
About this need to live just as Jesus Christ did,
St Prosper asks this rhetorical question:
"…does that not mean giving up the comforts He gave up,
not being afraid of the kind of trials He bore,
teaching what He taught […],
persevering in helping even those who show no appreciation,
praying for one’s enemies,
being kind to evildoers,
serenely tolerating the proud?" .
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord Jesus, I love You.
I want to walk with You; be like You.
Lord, make me one with You.