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First Reading for the Feast of the Holy Innocents

1 John 1:5-2:2

Summary: God is light; walking in darkness contradicts fellowship with Him. Walking in His light brings fellowship and cleansing from sin through Jesus, our advocate and expiation for sins worldwide.

Walking in God's Light

Beloved:

This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you:

God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.

If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth.

But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.

If we say, “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.

If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin.

But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one.

He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.

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