‘We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death.’ (I John 3.14)
Daily Reflection:Today’s grim news underlines the fragility of our lives. Jesus spoke about eternal life. St John tells followers of Jesus that this life starts now, before our physical death.
When St John wrote ‘we have passed from death to life’ he was not speaking about recovering from illness, or about life after death. He was stretching language to try to explain the difference between living without love and living in love. Not ‘being in love’ but living in love. Of the many varieties of love, this is the love which shares unconditionally with others, beyond lovers, family and friends. Without this sort of love - the love of Christ - is to be like the living dead. He goes on to urge Christians to live out that sort of love.