Children are immensely important to their parents, who recognize them as their own. What if our Father refused to recognize us? Punishment is one thing; abandonment, quite another. We may wonder: does our Father love us?
St. John reassures us: God has lavished His love on us! He delights to do so, to call us His children, to transform and adopt us by the bath of Baptism. Jesus died to free us sheep from the wolves and to draw us out of the dung-heap of sin in which we would otherwise wallow.
God is with us every day; therefore, He knows us. If we are with Him each day, we know His voice, tuning out impostors, when He calls us by our name. The world does not know Him or His voice; they turn away from God's embrace. Neither does the world know us, since we are His. But they do know that we are Christ's by the love we share. Be Jesus with skin on to the lost. Show the world that you are a child of God.
Today is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday.