A reflection on the Mass reading from January 10 (1 Jn 4:19-5:4), by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
In today's first reading from the letter of John we have: "whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen" (1 Jn 4:20). I was laughing a bit when I read this because often it seems easier to love God than our brother! What it boils down to is sacrifice. Love shows itself in sacrifice. Love is not feelings but the will.
We can learn this love from the life of the Trinity. The Son ever respects and loves the Father. To the Father the Son is everything; and the Holy Spirit is what fills them. The love between the Father and the Son is so great that it is the third person of the Trinity. The life of the Trinity is an example of how to live perfectly in community. We must always respect the place of one another. Without respect, there is no love to the depths. There has to be a sense of sacrifice, of willingness to step aside and let another have their place.