Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:13
Let us start today’s reflection with the words of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta: ”Spread love everywhere you go, first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greetings.” Love is the greatest of all Christian virtues. The reign of love transcends time and eternity. When all is said and done, there are many things that will not remain. Wisdom, knowledge, wealth, and power will not remain. We know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2) In eternity, the true Christian will be swallowed up in God. We will be like Him, and we will no longer struggle to grow in His virtues. However, faith, hope, and love will remain. According to one Christian writer, these are the three pillar virtues that govern the operations of God. Of these three love is the greatest! What does this mean? What does it imply?
God framed the universe by faith. (Heb 11:3) Faith can move mountains, can heal incurable diseases and plagues, and can raise the dead. Moses divided the Red Sea by faith; faith subdues kingdoms and quenches the violence of fire and without faith it is impossible to please God. (Heb11:1-35) This means that if faith can do all the things enumerated above, love should be able to do more. Why? Because love is greater than faith. Love is stronger than fire, therefore it can quench the violence of fire. A wise leader once said: “Yes faith can move mountains, but love moves the world.”
No matter what you accomplish or achieve on earth, if you do not love, the scripture says, “you are nothing”. This is because God is love and so it is the primary virtue that heaven watches out for in every sacrifice, good deed or offering offered in His name. Heaven is not as interested in the great works you do as it is in the heart with which it is done. Is it done in love? The Christian life is a love walk. It is born of love, sustained by love, and consummated in love. Christianity as a whole is a love story. It is story of the love of a
Father for His rebellious, erring children. This love drove Him to give up all to win them back. It ends with the marriage of the Begotten Son of the Father —Christ, who is the Bridegroom to His bride —the redeemed and adopted sons, the Church. Then the eternal bliss begins! Hear St. Augustine of Hippo, ”What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” To be continued tomorrow!
Ex 17: 8-13; Ps 121: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6. 7-8; (R. 2); 2 Tm 3: 14 —4: 2; Accl Heb 4:12; Lk 18: 1-8
TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
- Lord thank You for Your love.
- Lord open my heart to know that You love me.
- Lord forgive me for the many times I failed to show love to You and my neighbors.
- Lord, God of mercy, grant me the grace to love from the depth of my heart. Let my life be an instrument for conversion in the name of Jesus.
- Father, make me a sweet smelling fragrance in Your nostrils and those of my neighbors.
- Take the ”Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi” meditatively. ( Section A)
- Lord plant Your love in my heart and cause it to grow.
- Lord may all Christians be channels of love on earth in Jesus name.
Exercise: Do good to someone in need today.
Memory Verse: 1 John 3:1-3