As I was reflecting on the readings of today, I recall stumbling upon a comment of one of my cousins stating at we are all hypocrites. This word lingered in my head and it kind of relates back to the readings of today from 1 John 2:3-11
The way we may be sure that we know Jesus
is to keep his commandments.
Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments
is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
But whoever keeps his word,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.
This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:
whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked.
In this passage it says of those who have claimed to have known Christ and therefore knows him - is not just merely through the intellectual knowledge but the obedience to God's commandments in a life conformed to the example of Christ; this confirms our knowledge of him and is the love of God . . . perfected. Disparity between moral life and the commandments proves improper belief. I guess this passages this few days really brings me back to the times when someone asked me, "what is it like to live a live in Christ?" The readings of today clearly states that in order for us to have known HIM, is for him to have truly lived in us & if he is in us, we will manifest him through our thoughts, words and actions of LOVE.
Just like the saying that when someone in love, we claim to have known him. But none the least you will definitely, in time to come, take on the characteristic of the other - the way they talk, walk, think and behave.
Whoever says he is in the light,
yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness.
Whoever loves his brother remains in the light,
and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
Whoever hates his brother is in darkness;
he walks in darkness
and does not know where he is going
because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
This is where i found the passage mostly relating to the hypocritical side of humans. At times when we can get all holy, go to church, serve in ministries, but at the end of it create politics , backstabbing, an utterly ugly side of the us as humans. I guess I also say so for people in and outside of church. Some fellow Christian bro n sis. They claim to be in CHRISTians but yet when it comes to living out our christian values, it takes a 180 degrees turn. "I would only love if ....." Aren't we all called to LOVE? To give the unconditional Love to everyone? To love those that are hardest to love - colleagues, family members, friends, students, teachers or adults? aren't we just mere Hypocrites?
In today's reading Christ also challenges us to express the continuity and freshness of mutual charity in Christian experience - wherever we are (not only in church). And if we say that Christ is the commandment of love and has become the light. He would be the one who can defeat the darkness. All hatred as darkness is incompatible with the light and Christian life.