Window Reflection: Week Four of Easter
By Al Snyder and Andy Gebhard | April 22, 2018
This window makes extensive use of geometric forms in its background with the cartouche in the center containing a small child in prayer. The Commandments of God are above her, and below
is the scroll of the Holy Gospel. In the arch is an unusual form of the Cross and Crown.
“We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us — and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him.” - 1 John 3:16, 18-19
In this passage John speaks to us of two very important ideas for the followers of Christ. The first is the immensely generous sacrificial love that God showed for us by giving up his son to death. The second is that we as Christians must imitate that same sacrificial love for one another that the Father has shown us, and that requires action. John gently reminds us that we should love not only in word or speech. Those are not sufficient; for we must love also in truth and in action. Indeed, Christ not only showed his great love for us by his death on the cross, but also by spending the whole of his public life manifesting his love for people by action: if they were hungry he fed them, if they were ill he healed them, if they sorrowed he comforted them. Thus Jesus showed his deep love for people through action, and we should do no less.
Prayer: Grant, Lord, that our hearts may be so moved by the sacrificial love you have shown us that we may be moved to continually act in love and compassion for all people. Amen.