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Love Life: Revelation Reflection

12.Revelation

As you pray, allow the light that is all around you to be a constant reminder of the presence of God: always at hand, illuminating our world. Look for ways to embrace the light within you.

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
(John 8:12)

The Gospel of John reveals to us a God who is love. This love is at once transcendent, beyond all our imagining, and immanent, present and tangible in the world around us. We encounter this mysterious paradox from the very first words of the Gospel, where we read that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….And the Word became flesh and lived among us.” This is John’s Revelation: The Word that is God comes down and takes on our humanity. The Greek term John uses, logos, has a much broader definition than our English “word.” It means a dynamic energy, the animating force. What becomes clear, as we come to know and understand Jesus through John’s writings, is that the energy and force of God is love. Love is God active in the world: Love is God made flesh and dwelling among us.

Throughout his life and ministry, Jesus embodies this active principle of love in the way he interacts with his friends and with strangers. We learn that “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus demonstrates this radical love by offering his life for others on the cross.

But John’s Gospel does not end with Jesus’ death: It goes on to narrate his resurrection and the appearances he made to his followers. The fascinating thing about these sightings of the Risen Jesus is that the disciples do not recognize him at first. Jesus evidently no longer bears the same face his friends knew him to have in life. It is only when he speaks their name in love, or shows them his hands and his side, or summons them from the shore, that they recognize the Lord. The face of God, the face of love, in our lives is always changing. God will come to us in many different guises. Open your eyes today and wonder, “Where is God speaking my name in love, showing himself to me, summoning me to follow?”

How will God be revealed to you today?

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7 Comments

  1. maida on March 15, 2014 at 11:39

    Hi dear ones,

    I missed the workbook but would love to follow along…..the videos are so wonderful. Thank you very much!

    With love,

    Maida

  2. Doug on March 11, 2014 at 08:21

    I am enjoying and am uplifted by video thoughts. Is there a suggested reading of the Gospel each day? I thought I saw one earlier, but can’t find it now.

    • Reviewer on March 11, 2014 at 08:28

      Thanks for the question, Doug. There is a calendar at the back of the workbook with suggested reading during Lent.

  3. John on March 10, 2014 at 13:44

    God’s love will be revealed in the relationships and things for which I am thankful. I struggle with God’s love for me. The brother’s comments that God’s love is more than a feeling was helpful.

  4. Debbie Little on March 9, 2014 at 13:12

    In the conversation David leads today, a ref to Curtis talking about how love of God is not a feeling. Can you direct me to what Curtis is saying?

    • Reviewer on March 9, 2014 at 14:33

      Hello Debbie. Each Sunday there will be a conversation style video referncing the meditations for the coming week. Br. John is referncing here, a meditation from Br. Curtis which is part of this coming week’s theme of Revelation.

  5. Cheryl Restaino on March 8, 2014 at 07:24

    God is revealed in the faces of my grandchildren, their innocence and their genuine love.

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