Expiation

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In a profound way, John teaches us in today’s second reading that our lives as Christians must be filled with deep faith along with a commitment to live among our brothers and sisters in accordance with that faith.

My children, I am writing this to you
so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.
The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep
his commandments.
Those who say, “I know him,” but do not keep his commandments
are liars, and the truth is not in them.
But whoever keeps his word,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.

Jesus gave himself up to death as payment for our sins. He has expiated our guilt.

One question.  Do our lives reveal to the world that we believe it?

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