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Children of God

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"See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God" (1 Jn 3:1)... "We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is" (1 Jn 3:2b).
 
CHILDREN OF GOD
 
"See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God" (1 Jn 3:1)... "We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is" (1 Jn 3:2b).   
 
In today’s Reading from his first Letter, St. John says that we share in the identity with Jesus Christ. “Beloved, we are God’s children now.” As children of God we are born of water and the Spirit, we share God’s life, which is Holy. What a great thing to hear at the start of the New Year 2018. This is the time most of us take up resolutions to improve our lives and make them better – by overcoming bad habits.  Yet St. John speaks of our identity and life that cannot be improved upon by anything we resolve to do. Rather it is a gift of adoption that we receive. “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” Furthermore, although children of God already have eternal life, we await an even greater share of God’s life in the future when, St. John says, “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”
 
In the Gospel, John the Baptist bears double witness to this good news when he identifies Jesus our Lord first as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” and then as the One “who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: The Church invites us in today’s Responsorial Psalm to “sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds.”  Praised be the most Holy Name of Jesus Christ!
 
 
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