“Whoever has My commandments and observes them is the one who loves Me. And whoever loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love them and reveal Myself to them.” John 14:21
Love is an action word!
Love is such a huge concept and can be miss leading if it is not concrete in the way we treat each other. God concretely made the universe and this was an act of love. However, we may choose to not love and destroy the creation, including ourselves.
God entered into the world that God created to model for us what love means. Jesus is that model of love that God wants. However, this love challenged how the culture of sin and death controlled human relations, and those in power nailed Love, Jesus, to the Cross.
But Love Wins!
Love could not be kept in the tomb! God will not stay dead!
If we want to be on the winning side, then we must keep the Commandments! The Commandments are God’s Love in concrete form! When we keep the Commandments, we are in God! And here is where True Peace Reigns!
Today we celebrate in the USA, Mother’s Day. This is one of the most important days of the year. Why? Simply because Mothers teach us how to love, and in doing so, brings us into the great Love Affair with God. Mothers keeps us growing and loving, and protects us from being overwhelmed by the hate in the world! Mothers create the home that we carry with us!
On Good Friday Jesus finish recreating Creation! He took Six Days of Holy Week and He took the Sabbath Rest. We rest in silence in all anticipation for His Glorious Resurrection on the Eighth Day, Resurrection Sunday!
Jesus took all creation with Him, the dead, the living and those who would come in the future. All creation was recreated in Him! Jesus opened the Doors of Heaven! All are welcome to come in. The key is simple:
“A new commandment I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, you must love one another.” John 13:34
May we meditate on Jesus’ Love! May we live His Love! May we share in Love that leads to Victory and Freedom!
But Mary kept all of these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2: 19
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, give us many important lessons, however little is recorded of her words. Mary’s actions speak loudly and are helpful for us to live in the world with peace.
In this Christmas reading above, we hear that Mary pondered on the shepherds’ visit and what they said about Jesus. She meditated on this experience and kept it in her heart. She would use it in her future. These ponderings would help her deal with whatever came her way.
May we follow this example as we begin a new year! Events will happen in our lives, good and not so good, but they still provide a lesson for us.
We do not stay in the past, but we ponder it’s significance!
The last three years have been often difficult, and pray God, this year will be less challenging! However, let us not forget the lessons we have learn, have an attitude of gratitude that we are still here, and appreciate one another!
The Word became flesh and made its dwelling among us. John 1:14
We come again to the wonderful Christmas Day and the beginning of the Christmas Season. This day is emotional full of past experiences and present realities. However, it is a day so full of emotions, good and not so good, that the love it presents may be lost!
The Word Became Flesh!
The Divine became one of us so that we can have the choice of becoming more Divine in the way we treat each other!
We are challenged to love unconditionally! This is not an easy task for us naturally, but It is possible. The Baby we celebrate today, as an adult, showed us how to treat one another.
Once again we can change the World! It sounds like a tremendous task, but it begins if we individually choose to love one another!
“But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare.” Luke 21:34
We are at the last moments of the last day of the Liturgical Year 2022 of the Roman Church, and it is time to let go of the old year, Scripturally speaking, and enter into our preparation for Christmas, Advent. Advent begins tomorrow.
The message for this day is to be alert!
There are so many things going on in our world that can deadened our hearts. There is so much death from natural causes, and human to human hate; this is our reality. We have a choice to make, to give up hope for a better day, or to be people of hope when all seems to be hopeless.
Being alert means staying close to God knowing that we will have the Final Victory in God!
Pray that our hearts not been hardened, but rather ￼supple in Divine Love!
Let us keep each other in prayer! It is our weapon against despair!