John’s letter (3:11-12) marks out the extremes of the human being. He warns that we can be suspended between hatred and love. Instead of being determined by mistrust and negativity towards the other, ‘we are to love one another; not to be like Cain, who belonged to the Evil One and cut his brother’s throat.’
The passage from is like a moral hymn for our Covid 19 stricken times. We have to revise how we see our fellow human beings. It is a time for solidarity. It is a time for social-cooperation, care and attention in order to overcome the epidemic.
John’s words, actually, help us to see ourselves as part of the same human family. He names our divisions. But most importantly, he names the forces of cohesion, truth and love. When truth, co-joint with love, in and through us, become active.‘My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active, only by this can we be certain that we are the children of truth.’
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..