Asking – Good News for January 9

9 01 2010

John 5:14-21

We have this confidence in him that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin, about which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.

We know that anyone begotten by God does not sin; but the one begotten by God he protects, and the Evil One cannot touch him. We know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the power of the Evil One. We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Children, be on your guard against idols.

The Daily Path: How is it that any group proclaiming itself to act in the name of God can foster the death of innocent people… even its own? It seems there can be only one reason: the power of the Evil One is hard at work in our world.

Where is the jihad (struggle) to love my neighbor? Where will I find extreme compassion to overcome injustice?

Truly, we need to be on our guard against hatred, wherever it resides. And that vigilance begins in our own hearts.

Room to Chat: Father, I ask that you will hear… bring about an end to the hatred, greed and extremism that drives the indiscriminate suffering and slaughter of innocents around the world.