Today's Reading (1 John 4: 7-10)
'My dear people,
let us love one another
since love comes from God
and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Anyone who fails to love can never have known God,
because God is love.
God’s love for us was revealed
when God sent into the world his only Son
so that we could have life through him;
this is the love I mean:
not our love for God,
but God’s love for us when he sent his Son
to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.'
Love is a gift from God. It is a gift of Himself for he Himself is Love. And he sent his only Son into the world to reveal that love.
Why did he send him into the world as a little baby born into poverty? There are many thoughts on why this is the case one of the most obvious being that God wanted his Son to become just like us so that we could relate to him. He wanted his Son to be lowly to show that even the lowly; the poorest of the poor, will be exalted for they are held in high regard in the Heavenly Kingdom.
And we have gained life through the coming of the Son. By God showing His Love in this way and through Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross we have been blessed to gain eternal life free from stain of sin. The hard part is trying to maintain that freedom from sin. It is a daily struggle and it isn't easy but we have the sacrament of Reconciliation to help us. And, of course, we have the Mass. And the prize is certainly worth it; eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven with the Father, with Jesus, with our Mother Mary and all the Saints.
Being Catholic may well be tough. The hours can be long, with an intense prayer life and plenty of overtime expected, and you may well be bullied and persecuted along the way. But the retirement plan is unbeatable!