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The key to successfully loving as Jesus loves
As this Sunday’s Gospel reading points out, to love Jesus means to live by his commandments and teachings. In our hearts, we do want to do this. We want to honor Christ by imitating him. We want to love like Jesus loves. We know that God dwells in us when we do this.
However, it isn’t easy. Every day, stuff happens that challenges our ability to keep his word and imitate his ways. Either we forget what Jesus would have done in a similar situation, or we don’t know. When people afflict us with their faults and failings and unloving behaviors, we fumble around in uncertainty and guesswork and sinful reactions.
There is no list in scripture that spells out clearly how to follow Christ in each and every circumstance: “If such-and-such occurs, apply Godly Principle #127.”
This is why Jesus assured us that he’d give us his Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is here to remind us of Jesus and his holy ways every time we face another challenging situation, from the moment we wake up in the morning till the moment we’re sleeping again.
So then, our problem is not that we don’t know how to keep the commandments of Christ. Our problem is that we forget to rely on the Holy Spirit who teaches us how to keep the commandments. Or we don’t know how to be aware of his guidance. We have God’s full assistance, but we react to life’s challenges as if we must handle it by ourselves.
Here’s a spiritual exercise that can help you remember to stay open-eared to the sound of Holy Spirit guiding you: Sanctify each hour. Set your watch or a timer app on your cell phone to beep an alarm at the top of each hour. Whenever it beeps, say a few words thanking the Holy Spirit for being with you and guiding you through the next sixty minutes. After doing this for few weeks, you’ll become automatically and constantly aware of the presence of God and his ever-available help.
We join in the grief of the families shattered by the school shooting in Uvalde, and pray for the deceased and for those who today suffer, in unimaginable ways, their loss.
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“To give of one’s means is nothing if one does not give oneself, and employ every moment of one’s life, and even expose it to danger for the love of God, in serving the poor.” – St. Louise de Marillac – Lord, you have been so generous to me. Show me how to serve without
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