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April 12 - Love Speaks for Itself

1 John: No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

During daily Mass, my dear friend Father Frank would oftentimes read the Gospel and sit down, not sharing one iota of thought. When I asked him about the lack of a homily, he simply said. "Sometimes the Gospel speaks for itself."

One time, Annie O'Neill, who had walked the Camino in the documentary Six Ways to Santiago was coming to town and wanted to meet Father Frank. She suggested we attend his daily Mass and have breakfast afterward.

"Great idea," I said, and quickly sent Father Frank a text explaining the plan and if he would please, please, please share his insights on the Gospel, that would be even better. He was brilliant and inspired as always and gave Annie and me much to chat about during breakfast.

With John's verse today, I'm going to pull a Father Frank and let John's words speak for themselves.

May we all have a blessed day, aware of God's love in us and others.

April 12

Matthew: Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.

Mark: in order that ‘they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.’”

Luke: Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

John: Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?”

Acts: There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

Romans: and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.

1 Corinthians: and we grow weary from the work of our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;

2 Corinthians: So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Galatians: Friends, I beg you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong.

Ephesians: to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

Philippians: I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need.

Colossians: Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always wrestling in his prayers on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in everything that God wills.

1 Thessalonians: so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.

1 Timothy: Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

2 Timothy: I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.

Hebrews: Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

James: There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. So who, then, are you to judge your neighbor?

1 Peter: Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 John: No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

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