A Blessed Happy Easter to everyone! I hope the day was a joyous one for all. So, how did you do with your homework assignment? What type of act of love did you perform, in Jesus’ name, these past few days as we embraced the joy of the Resurrection of Our Lord? How did you thank Jesus for His sacrificial act of self-giving love performed on your behalf? Today’s post is all about you sharing your experiences. Today you get a reprieve from me pontificating about the virtues. The comments section below is meant for you to leave comments. I’m all ears!
In our next reflection, we’ll discuss why we perform acts of charity. Don’t miss it!
Today is Good Friday, the day when the greatest charitable act of love is remembered; the day when Jesus gave up His life, completely trusting in the Father’s love and abiding by the Father’s will, so that we might be freed from sin and death and have eternal life. He himself said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). It took great faith, hope and love to submit to the type of suffering and death that He experienced for our benefit. Yet He did just that so as to conquer sin and death. His love for each of us is so great.
As we proceed through Holy Week, what an appropriate time to address love for one’s enemies – one of the toughest things to do. Jesus gives clear instructions to love our enemies in Luke 6:27-36. It is within this passage that He explicitly tells us that no matter how others treat us, we are called to treat others in the same manner that we wish to be treated. Jesus, never one to mince words states, “love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for He, Himself, is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Continue reading →
We remain in Jesus’ love by keeping His commandments; the Ten Commandments as well as the Greatest Commandments addressed in the Charity a.k.a. Love post. It is not always easy to stay on the straight and narrow path when following Christ. In fact, it is very difficult. What we are called to do, and to be is counter-cultural in today’s secular society. Yet that straight and narrow path is the path of Charity. We have a choice to make as to which road we will travel down. Maybe now, the banner photo for this website is beginning to have more meaning for you.
Jesus used His time on earth to teach us about the Father, and the Father’s love for us. In John 14:7, Jesus tells us, “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Think of it this way: As others can see Christ in us, we can see the Father in Christ.
All of Jesus’ actions while on earth manifested the Father’s love, “forGod so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16). By the Word Incarnate becoming flesh, God gave us Himself, to Continue reading →