A most eloquent description of our hope and faith in Christ is set forth in John’s letter that we read today. In it, John gives us the explanation of why it is that the truth that we know is not accepted by many around us. In fact, we followers of Jesus are repeatedly ridiculed and called unenlightened by atheists, secularists, abortionists, feminists and media pundits, to name just a few. To them, we are fools steeped in superstition and meaningless ritual. If we aren’t careful, we too could be swayed by the onslaught of anti-Christianism that fills the minds of so many of our country’s leaders, pundits and celebrities.
What does John know that we must learn in order to remain faithful and holy? We need to know that we are rejected and thus not known by our culture and world because our world does not know Jesus. Better put, the world refuses to give up its sinful path of injustice, infanticide, sexuality unattached to love and every other selfish desire.
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
as he is pure.
Be strengthened, sisters and brothers. We who hope in Jesus are the children of God. John reminds us that we do not see things with the clarity that God has. However, it will be revealed to us in time. And, when the fullness of truth is revealed “we will be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”
This is the hope that lies before us.