Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2 Corinthians 8:1-9, Psalm 146:2, 5-9, Matthew 5:43-48


I give you a new commandment:
love one another as I have loved you. Jn 13:34

2 Corinthians 8:1-9, Psalm 146:2, 5-9, Matthew 5:43-48

2 Corinthians 8:1-9

Dear Love,

Truly it is in adversity, when we hold on to our faith and keep our gaze on You, even though the waves batter us on every side we are not anxious for we know in whom we trust. In the midst of poverty we have plenty, in the midst of fear we have peace, in the midst of profound sorrow we also have joy. All these contradictions are possible because You are a God of contradiction - only You can draw absolute good out of absolute evil. You can draw eternal life from death. You can draw water from barren ground. You can cause fruit to grow where there was none.

True joy comes from service to others. You came to serve and to give Your life as a ransom for many and You have called us, to imitate You. 

Psalm 146:2, 5-9

Dear Love,

How blessed I and my household are to know You, love You, adore You, bless You, worship and adore You as members of Your Body, Your Church. You have taken us by the hand and You have led us to victory in every way. In You we are more than conquerors - Satan has been crushed and defeated.

Keep us faithful forever, keep us in Your service to serve those who suffer difficulty, hardship, hunger, want and captivity. Let obedience to Your will be our food and drink.

You feed the hungry heart. You console the widow and the orphan. You wipe away our tears. You protect the alien who lives as a stranger in a strange land.

Thank You my soul's beloved. 

Matthew 5:43-48

Dear Love,

You know that we are weak and it is hard for us to be noble and to actively wish for the good of our enemies and to pray that blessings be heaped upon them. But this is what You demand of those who desire to follow You closely. These are truly hard sayings and not possible unless we have the conviction of little children that You do not ask the impossible. It is possible, if we possess a childlike spirit, to love our enemies and pray for our persecutors because we are the children of our Father in heaven.

You are no respecter of persons but You love all the good, the bad, and the evil, the just and the unjust. The tax collector and the public sinner and we are called to do the same. You tell us clearly that in loving the unlovable we will merit a great reward.

You command us to be perfect as our heaven Father is perfect. Grant us the grace to grow in holiness and perfection every day.

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