Love

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 Call to Justice – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

The Call to Justice – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

“If you are trying to live a life in accordance with the Bible, the concept and call to justice are inescapable. We do justice when we give all human beings their due as creations of God. Doing justice includes not only the righting of wrongs, but generosity and social concern, especially toward the poor and vulnerable. This kind of life reflects the character of God.” (Tim Keller, Generous Justice pg. 18)

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Grace and Obedience – Fourth Meditation in the Studies of 1 Peter

Grace and Obedience – Fourth Meditation in the Studies of 1 Peter

Throughout both the Old and New Testaments, our obedience to His command is a double response to what he has already done. It is first the response of gratitude, our due thanks for his gift. Second, it is the response of trust. Knowing that he has already shown he has our best interests at heart, we are certain that whatever he asks is for our well being.

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A Hermeneutic of Love – Introduction to Studies in the Gospel of Luke

A Hermeneutic of Love – Introduction to Studies in the Gospel of Luke

“…Luke emphasizes twice that what has been handed down and what he aims to give is an “orderly account”. Yes, his aim is to convince of the truth, but he does so by organizing the material in such a way that it is not simply the bare facts that matter, but the truth to which they point. And what is that truth? According to Leon Morris it is the masterful and intimate connection between the love of God and his purposes in history.

It is this love that I want to focus on in this study because it is this which will teach us most about who God is and how he has revealed himself in Christ. Of all the Gospel writers, Luke most clearly emphasizes God’s love for some of the least expected in first century Palestine: women, children, the poor, Gentiles, and the disreputable.”

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The Gift of Love – Second Reading in Preparation for the Nativity of the Lord

The Gift of Love – Second Reading in Preparation for the Nativity of the Lord

St. John also tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” We immediately, and quite rightly take this to mean that he gave his only son to die on our behalf. Yet there is more to it than that; He gave his only son not just to die but to live, and by his living make Himself known to us…Later in life, St. John wrote simply and profoundly: “God is love.” (I John 4:16) How did he know that? What made him so sure? He knew it because he knew Jesus. He had watched him live and he had watched him die.

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Holiness and Love – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday in Advent

Holiness and Love – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday in Advent

Only when the two are lived together, Love and Truth, are we able to live lives truly pleasing to God. Love alone is formless and may even be harmful, though truly unintentionally. Truth alone is often harsh and callous and, without love, is not truth at all. The two must be joined, truth guiding love and love motivating truth.

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Made for Each Other – First Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Made for Each Other – First Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Certainly not too much should be made of the fact that in the story woman comes from man, after all we know (as did the ancient readers) that from that time on there has not been a single man who has not come from woman. Rather, the heart of the matter is that we are made for each other, different from each other, and above all given to each other.

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Servant of All – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Servant of All – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

To “be last of all and servant of all”, to “humbly regard others as better than yourself” is to have an eye to those who are most in need and to seek out the ways—however big or small—that we can serve and love them in that need. In so doing, we die not only to ourselves, but to the world that entices us to seek or our own ambitions and glory, but we will undoubtedly find life in Christ.

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No Partiality – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

No Partiality – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our treatment of every individual must reflect the worth and importance of that individual and God’s love for them or it is a betrayal of our Lord himself. Sadly, many of us commit this betrayal every day without being aware of it because we do not even see many of the people around us. We are only aware of the people around us who are naturally important to us or who (like the well to do, influential, or powerful ) claim our attention. Only an intentional and habitual effort aided by the grace of God can help us do otherwise.

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The Humility of Faith – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Humility of Faith – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

“I received a glimpse into what I can only call the Infinite Mercy of God…I realized that none of my theological or social questions really made any difference. I didn’t have to know the answers to these questions precisely because God did…And how could I possibly know what He knew? And why should I remain apart from Him because I could not grasp all that He could grasp?…Did this mean that I thought doctrine and principles didn’t matter? No. Did it mean I thought everything was relative? Certainly not. Did it mean I did not continue to ponder a multitude of ideas? God forbid. What it did mean was that put myself in the hands of God entirely and that my faith would light the pages I read in the Book of Life from then on.” (Anne Rice, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt)

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