The days up to the Epiphany are numbered off for us in the Church year. In fact they are numbered right up to the Baptism of the Lord which is the end of Christmastide. For the next few days the first reading is taken from the First Letter of John.
Today’s reading opens with a straight talking statement: “The man who denies that Jesus is the Christ—he is the lair, he is the Antichrist.” (1 John 2:22-28)
It does not come much plainer than that. This reflects one of the most important aspects of the person of Jesus: He demands a response. That response may be Yes or No, but a response is demanded.
The most of the world tries to be indifferent. We see this more clearly now in our secular world; people like to behave as if God and his laws and rules does not exist. We are told that morals and faith are a private matter that should be kept in the home, and that we should not carry these opinions outside.
Jesus does not keep his morals to himself and as soon as he begins his earthly ministry he opens up with the proclamation that “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” This kingdom demands of us certain lifestyle choices and certain attitudes towards God as the authority in our lives. In order to help us make this choice, God has implanted in our hearts the natural law; but he also has done this in such a way that anyone who adheres to this law will know the Truth when they hear it.
It is upon listening to our heart that we have to make our choice and that is what John is talking about: when we hear the Truth, Jesus, properly proclaimed, how do we react?