St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious
1 John 3:7-10 + Psalm 98 + John 1:35-42
January 4, 2013
“…the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil.” [1 John 3:8]
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, whose feast the Church celebrates today, was one of those rare saints who lived both a vocation to marriage, and also, after being widowed, a vocation to religious life. The harmony and integrity of those two stages of her life show how much these vocations have in common. Each, at its heart, is a calling to serve others, and thereby foster love.
One of the words in today’s First Reading—“revealed”—can help us focus on serving others to foster love. We continue to hear from the First Epistle of St. John. The Beloved Disciple is very blunt in his epistles. He has just as sharp a sense of evil as he does of divine love. Surely John’s perception of both was whetted on the rock of Calvary.
John declares plainly that “the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil.” You could say that this sentence sums up John’s Gospel account, as it moves from the signs of Jesus’ seven miracles, to the Sign of the Cross, the glory of which destroys Satan’s power. John’s account of the Gospel shows how Jesus “revealed” Himself to mankind in stages. So the Holy Spirit has worked in the history of the Church, and in the life of each saint. Ask God for yet another Christmas gift: the same patience with your own spiritual growth that God has with you, as He continues unfailingly throughout your life to love you.