We know love by this: that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister* in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 1920—1 John 3:16-20
When we think of God’s creation and recall familiar passages from Genesis, our minds focus on the natural world around us. Our minds concentrate on the world’s resources, the plants, birds, and animals of this world and our stewardship of that natural world.
Yet our reading from chapter three of the first letter of John reminds us that we have a stewardship that extends to the other aspect of creation—the creation of humankind: “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?” It is a call for us to share natural resources, food, wealth - and LOVE.
Luke 14:13 reminds us “when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” We enjoyed the banquet but not invited all to the table.
The reading from 1John 3:18 tells us, “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” LOVE in action. John’s first letter says we ought to lay down our lives for one another, symbolic of sacrifice. Small sacrifices that by truth and action can benefit those less fortunate. Through our love towards others, God may abide in us, his stewards of his creation.