Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
At times love is a shabby word, used to describe our relationship to anything from chocolates to cherubs, from photos to philosophies. But the love of Jesus, caritas, sometimes translated as unconditional love, is the stuff that makes the difference between life and Life, laughter and Joy, and light and LIGHT. In any given circumstance when I ask to have the love of Jesus at work in my own spirit it changes things. The love of Christ in the passive voice, is liveliness when I am exhausted, health when I fall ill, and joy when waves of sorrow threaten to engulf me. But how do I actively love like Jesus? What is my response to impoverished brothers and sisters, and those in need around me – how would Jesus love them? When someone sins against me in my household, place or work, or community – do I love like Jesus when he encountered similar antagonism? When things are given to me, or taken away – will I actively love like Jesus when all was taken from him in his passion and crucifixion? Will I actively love God, and all others like Jesus did, when he received his life back in the Resurrection? Christ Jesus, heart of my heart, help me love like you.
With my whole heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments. (Psalm 119)
Every work of love done with a full heart brings people closer to God.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
See Mother Teresa’s poem, “Do It Anyway” :
Soli ad gloriam dei
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.