4 January 2017
1 John 3:7-10
My children, do not let anyone lead you astray:
to live a holy life
is to be holy just as he is holy;
to lead a sinful life is to belong to the devil,
since the devil was a sinner from the beginning.
It was to undo all that the devil has done
that the Son of God appeared.
No one who has been begotten by God sins;
because God’s seed remains inside him,
he cannot sin when he has been begotten by God.
In this way we distinguish the children of God
from the children of the devil:
anybody not living a holy life
and not loving his brother
is no child of God’s.
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher –’where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.
One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.
[T]o live a holy life is to be holy just as God is holy
What is a holy life? I have been wondering what does it mean to become a person who is living a life of holiness to the people around us? It used to be for me, the continued repetition of certain prayers and the ability to recall as many prayers as I could possibly do. Yet I believe that our Faith is deeper and richer than just a recollection of prayers but also goes down to the meaning of the words within the prayer.
To understand our Faith is to enter into the depths of the Mystery of the Incarnation and the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ life, death and Resurrection. Indeed what matters is that we reflect on what Christ’s birth means to our lives. Receiving Christ in our hearts is a wonderful gift and yet this gift is not meant to be kept but to be shared with others, in order for us to appreciate the need of dying to ourselves. We need to put on the Cross all things which hamper us from drawing closer to God.
God never forces us to love Him because He respects our free will. Indeed, such things in our life are best not to force upon ourselves, because only when we enter into something freely will we accept the challenges which such a belief will entail. We will then be able to live out the words of the prayers, which we recite regularly, and grow closer to God.
(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, let us live a life of sanctity for others to be edified.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for those struggling with their Faith.