Gift: Wisdom– With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.
Reading: 4 This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. (1 John 4:13,16-18)
Observation: My title of my journal this morning may sound a little sarcastic to someone who reads my journal often. I mean, if you are reading this, the assumption is that you are reaching out to find God and of course you would want his Spirit living in you. The second reading for today’s Mass is so important to our faith, because of the fact that all Christians want to know God and somehow be sure that we are following His will for us. The footnote for the 13th verse leads us to the 16th through the 18th verses, even though the actual reading for today ends with the 16th verse. It is important because we must love one another, but we must not allow fear to overcome that love. As the 18th verse says, there is no fear in love and God’s love is perfect and it will drive out fear.
Personification: Kindness It will be my focus today to display the fruit of kindness that comes from the holy Spirit that is dwelling in me. I know that God loved me enough to send his Son to die for me on the cross, and hopefully I am able to love my brothers and sister’s in Christ with the same sacrificial love. It should be easy to show kindness, in light of the fact that God is love.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!