God First Loved Us

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For 9 January 2020, Thursday after Epiphany Sunday, based on 1 John 4:19-5:4

We love because God first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

  Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sr. Mary Jeremiah is a contemplative nun of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin, Texas, USA. She teaches classes to the sisters in the monastery formation program. As a Councilor for the Association of Dominican Monasteries in North America, she is responsible for Formation, from initial to on-doing.