Sponge, Mirror, or Prism?

January 6, 2021

Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also must love one another. 
No one has ever seen God. 
Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.
(1 John 4:11)

In today’s first reading, John writes beautifully of the love God has for us, as well as how we are intended to respond to that love. I am a visual person, so here are a few images that came to mind as I reflected on our response to God’s love.

We could be a sponge – just soak it in.

We could be a mirror – allowing the love of God to bounce off of us and reflect onto others.

OR…we could be a prism – allowing the light of God’s love to shine through us. The light enters us as one color but is broken down into a full range of colors and radiates outward, reflecting both who we are, and who God is, to EVERYONE.

God’s love is brought to perfection when we radiate his love in this way.

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