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St. André Bessette

1 John 5:5-13
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
Mark 1:7-11
or Luke 3:23-38

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"The testimony is this: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever possesses the Son possesses life; whoever does not possess the Son of God does not possess life." —1 John 5:11-12

St. John puts it very directly and bluntly. Jesus is Life (Jn 11:25; 14:6). If you want life, you need Jesus. "Whoever believes in the Son has life eternal" (Jn 3:36).

John even tells us why he writes to us: that we may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief we might have life in Jesus' name (see Jn 20:31). John tells us: "I have written this to you to make you realize that you possess eternal life — you who believe in the name of the Son of God" (1 Jn 5:13).

Do you possess Jesus? More importantly, does Jesus possess you? Have you given your life to Jesus? He died that you may have life, and life to the full (Jn 10:10). Live for Jesus now, and live with Him forever. Say with St. Paul: "I have been crucified with Christ, and the life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me. I still live my human life, but it is a life of faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Gal 2:19-20).

Prayer:  Father, possess me and re-possess me. I am all Yours. "Keep me faithful to Your teaching and never let me be parted from You."

Promise:  "Who, then, is conqueror of the world? The one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God." —1 Jn 5:5

Praise:  St. André lived a humble life of faith in God and devotion to St. Joseph as a door-keeper at Notre Dame College in Montreal. Many people credit their healings to his prayers.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 10, 2016

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