Litany: 1 John 4: 7

Here’s a litany inspired by 1 John 4:7.  It was written by Katherine Hawker.

(inspired by 1 John 4:7)

God calls us to a ministry of love.
Beloved, let us love one another.
We are called to love our parents and our children,
our friends and our neighbors.
Love is from God.

We are called to love the neighbor that hurt our feelings,
the parent who was cruel,
and the co-worker who is selfish.
Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

We are called to love even the people we cannot see....
in Chicago’s tenements,
in Bosnia’s war,
in South Africa’s elections.

Those who love God must love their sisters and brothers also.
May we accept God’s call to this mysterious ministry.

~ written by Katherine Hawker,1994. Posted on Liturgies Outside.