ISSL Reflections March 3 2024 Jude 17–25 Post 3

Let’s try a couple of things today

First, read the first paragraph below and pay attention to the description of the “worldly people,”
Second, as these people are described, how might we look at these traits and see how the reverse could describe the “beloved.”

Jude 17-25 (NRSVue)

But you, beloved, must remember the words previously spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, for they said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.” It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on some who are wavering; save others by snatching them out of the fire; and have mercy on still others with fear, hating even the tunic defiled by their bodies.

Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

What captures your attention as a way to think of the “beloved”? As a characteristic of how the “beloved” interact with others?

You do understand you are God’s beloved? Right? Take that with you today.

And, return to the prayer that closes these words, “Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to you make you stand ….

How do you complete that prayer today?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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