God’s Love

Instruments or Obstacles of Grace? – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Instruments or Obstacles of Grace? – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

The question is, how would we fare if we were in their shoes? Because there is one thing of which we can be certain—God’s grace is ceaselessly reaching into the lives of the lost, seeking to draw them to Christ. Will we, then, be instruments of that grace or obstacles? Will we help draw others to Christ through the same availability and hospitality we see here in Christ–even to the most despised sinners? Or will we, like the crowd, shut them out from encountering God’s transforming love because we are so conditioned by our own judgments of others that we don’t have eyes to see God’s grace in their lives?

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No Greater Love – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

No Greater Love – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

It is only by loving God above all things and all people that we can not only be opened to His love, but also formed by it, and so become more perfect instruments of that same love to the people in our lives and around us. Sometimes this will mean sometimes loving them in ways that are challenging and difficult to understand, but it is always rooted in the sure hope and confidence that God’s love for them is infinitely greater than our own. For he is the one who is Love, and his is the love of the cross.

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The Heart of the Law – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

The Heart of the Law – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Jesus’ question to the Pharisees and Scribes serves not only as a challenge to those present, but also to us who, likewise, are called to know and reflect the heart of God to one another and in the world around us. Notice that he leaves no room for a middle ground: one either does good or does harm; one either saves a life or destroys it—and this in reference to a man whose condition was not life-threatening or even necessarily urgent. The uncomfortable truth with which we are confronted in this is that, in the face of suffering and human need, there is no neutral position. We either do good or we do harm; we either save a life or we destroy it—and the decision we make in this matter is the ultimate reflection of whether or not we have understood the heart of God’s law and are obedient to it.

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Divine Intimacy- Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Divine Intimacy- Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

What we have is not just a parable or story about a healing, but the recreation of a scene that had left a profound impression on its few witnesses not only for its results, but also for its details. This is a real story about a real encounter between a real individual and Jesus, and in this case it is not the Devil, but God himself—the God who knows and cares about individual lives and stories, individual needs and desires—who is to be found in the details.

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The Heart of God – Gospel in Preparation for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Heart of God – Gospel in Preparation for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is God himself bringing life to the dead, revealing his passionate heart for his people. He is the fullness of all that was hinted at in every foreshadowing of the Old Testament. But as we see here, it is a fullness intimately concerned in the individual cares of his people. God has indeed visited his people in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the supreme revelation of the heart of God not only writ large in the stunning brushstrokes of salvation history, but also intimately inscribed in the heart of each one of his children, whom he dearly loves.

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The Call to Love – Gospel in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Call to Love – Gospel in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The way to spread Christianity is to be a Christian. The way to bring others into the Christian faith is to show them the fruit of the Christian life. Jesus sends us out , not to argue men into Christianity, still less to threaten them into it, but to attract them into it; so to live that its fruits may be so wonderful that others will desire them for themselves.” (John Barclay)

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Making Love Our Aim – Second Reading in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Making Love Our Aim – Second Reading in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is love that puts the other first, even to the point of sacrifice. Such sacrifice may not always be great, but it is always real and concrete. On Friday it may mean death on the cross, on Thursday it may only involve washing another’s dirty feet. In fact, it rarely involves some great act, but it always involves many small acts of service. We not only lay down our life by jumping in front of a speeding car to push someone out of the way, we also lay it down by emptying the dish washer so someone can watch their favorite show. The point is, love is not necessarily a feeling but a concrete laying down our life, our own willfulness and self-seeking, for another’s well being.

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