The Source of Perfection
The Source of Perfection
January 7th, 2016 by Wayne

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: 17-18

Yesterday, the first reading at mass ended with these beautiful and challenging words. God is love. What a beautiful thought and yet, it is easy for us to think of so many times in our lives when we don’t let love in our hearts. We choose to let anger and bitterness and resentment dwell there. We choose to let fear dwell there. We choose to let perfectionism and perhaps even legalism dwell there. Instead, this brief passage, and the opening verses  from today’s mass (go here to read that right now) are challenging us to let only Love dwell there and to act from that FIRST.

Our perfect following of God’s holy will will only happen when we truly learn to love and to hold onto Love in all situations. When we seem to be lost in our vocation, when we seem to be stuttering on how to respond to difficult situations in our lives, we must turn to God and beg for the grace to love and to remember how gracious God is in giving us the most perfect example of Love. Our response to that is our love for those we can see and interact with on a daily basis. We show our love for God by showing love for our neighbors and our brothers. If we cannot do that, we cannot love God.

As we seek perfection, as we seek God’s will, as we seek refuge from our fears, let us do so by courageously examining how well we love one another. It is through this constant seeking to love and be the Love of God in this world that we will be transformed and become the person God has created us to be.

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