It is 4th January 2020. The readings are from 1 John 3:7-10 and the Gospel from John 1:35-42. What are we looking for from Jesus? Everyone is looking for something from Jesus. As long as no one mislead us, we shall find what we are looking for from Him. Since we have the light of Christ, we are able to love God consistently. In the first reading, St. John firmly teaches us that our selfish ambition and sinful longings do not allow us to love others as God wants us to love. We are all misled by someone or something on a daily basis. Our criteria of holiness and the yardstick of holiness aim at the holiness of God. Satan misleads us in innumerable ways. We all want to run away from the evil one always yet the satanic shadow continues to chase us time and time again when we are not able realise the seed of God is in us. The Word of God is the seed that dwells deep within each one of us. Whenever the Word of God is chocked, smashed and crushed by the choices we make in favour of living a life that contrary to holy living, we become the children of Satan. “The children of God and the children of the devil are revealed in this way: all who do not do what is right are not from God, nor are those who do not love their brothers and sisters.” (1 Jn.3:10). We do not have many options to be a person; either we remain child of God or choose to be a child of devil. It is up to us nourishing the Word of through the Sacraments of salvation or we might give up what we treasure most and follow the ways of the devil. The responsorial Psalm praises, “All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.” (Ps.97:3). The Gospel invites us to find Christ Jesus in our lives. Looking for Jesus among the poor and needy is as significant as we experience Him in the Sacraments. We all need a personal encounter and a soul-soaking experience with the person of Jesus. Without meeting Jesus no one can live a holy, and fruitful life. it is not enough that we are drawn to Jesus, our lives need to pull others to Him too. Without this personal and intimate encounter with Jesus, our Christian life would remain empty and loveless. “O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.” (Ps.34:8). What do we truly want from Jesus? and have we found Him where is He living? Jesus invites every one of us to “come and see” Him as the Sacraments are celebrated daily in our parishes we belong. The miracle of meeting Jesus cannot happy by chance; it happens to all of us who are making efforts to meet Him in the least expected places and spaces of our life. We are following Jesus for something surely. Do we really know for what we are following Him for? May our love for each other enrich the fullness of love in Jesus. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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