Reading: Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh be longs to God, (1 John 4:1-2)
Observation: So, I was going to take the easy road and just journal on the first verse, because it seems to me quite clear what John is saying here in the beginning of the 4th chapter that is a continuation of a theme from the third chapter that makes up the first reading today in the daily readings for Mass. However, in the 2nd verse, I have looked at both the online translation and the translation in my study bible, of course both of which are New American Bible translations, and they both have the wording that was hard for me to accept but I think I understand now. I looked in my son’s Tennis Shoe bible, which is not a New American Bible translation, and it does not mention the second verse as it is written above. I can only assume, for me, and for our time that I should remember “that Jesus Christ come in the flesh” not came or even has come, in order to belong to God and have a greater power in the truth.
Personification: Peace I imagine that once everyone comes to the truth, there is a certain amount of peace that comes over them. I will need to be guided by God’s hand to display peace about the truth that I have recieved this morning, and not to be instantly emblazened for battle with my protestant brothers. The grace that comes from receiving the Lord’s flesh in communion should be enough to keep me at peace with the truth that he has given to me in this reading this morning, and hopefully provide a way to bring this greater truth to my brothers as well.
Prayer: Lord, allow me the context for listening to however you call me today and for the rest of my life to communicate the truth to my brothers and sisters in Christ. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.