I was recently looking at Facebook, and a beautiful picture of one of my childhood friends popped up in my feed. She looked great and had hardly changed a bit. As I stared at the picture, I realized that this was not my friend; it was my friend’s daughter! She looked so much like my friend, I could hardly tell the difference. It is amazing how much a child can resemble a parent. Sometimes I look into the mirror and see my mother’s reflection and realize how much I look like her.

In the scripture for today, John reminds us that we are the beloved children of God. He writes, “The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (1 John 3:1). These words are still true for us today. Many people do not know God or have turned away.

John reminds us that as children of God we are created to “be like our dad.” We are called to be the hands, feet, and heart of God in the world. We are called to be like the One who lavishes great love on us. For the only way the world will see our Father now is through us.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a person looked at you or me and could hardly tell the difference between us and our Father, just as I could hardly tell the difference between my friend and her daughter on Facebook? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could love as God loves, forgive as God forgives, and have the patience God has? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone met us and because we resembled our Father so perfectly, that person came to believe in God?

O God, I am so proud and happy to know that I am your beloved child. Help me to share your love with all those I meet today, for they are your children too. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
April 12–18, 2021
Resumen de la Escritura

A repeating theme in scripture is our failure to recognize God’s work among us. In Acts, Peter declares that the death of Jesus happened because his fellow Israelites acted in ignorance. The psalmist decries the fact that so many people follow lies, yet God’s blessings for the faithful continue unhindered. John tells his audience to expect that the world will not recognize them as God’s children because the world did not recognize God to begin with. In Luke, Jesus appears to his doubting disciples. He proves the reality of his resurrection by allowing them to touch his body and by eating food in their presence. Only then do they feel certain that they recognize him. In what places in our lives do we not recognize God’s work?

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Acts 3:12-19. Recall a moment when you felt the presence of Christ in your life in an unexpected way. How does that moment stay with you in the times when you feel overwhelmed?
Read Psalm 4. Do you feel free to cry out to God when you are in distress? If not, what inhibits you?
Read 1 John 3:1-7. How does your identity as a child of God empower you to deeds of love in your daily life?
Read Luke 24:36b-48. What story of the risen Christ do you have to share with others? How will you share your story?

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