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Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students

January 3rd, 2014
by
Maria Benevento
Bio | Email: MariaBenevento@creighton.edu

The first reading today presents a stark contrast between the righteous and sinners, between children of God and the world, and between those who know God and those who do not.  The reading says that everyone who acts in righteousness in begotten by God and that no one who sins has seen God or known him.  However, I’ve never met anyone who only did one or the other. 

Luckily, the reading assures us that already “we may be called the children of God” because of the “love the Father has bestowed on us.”  The fact that we too often fall into the sinner category may mean that we do not fully know God, but our status as children of God makes it possible for us to be more than sinners. 

What we shall be has not been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
For we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
as he is pure.

Although right now we cannot be fully rid of the tension between our capacities for sin and righteousness, we can hope for a future when we will truly see and know God.

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