Group photo
Author:
RHOOK20047's Photo RHOOK20047 SparkPoints: (539,388)
Fitness Minutes: (195,712)
Posts: 28,890
5/4/18 12:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Love One Another
Friday, May 4

Click here for daily readings

Today we are told that we are friends of Jesus. Very comforting. However, as his friends, he also tells us that we must love one another…as he has loved us. Of all the commands of Jesus, is any harder to follow than this? Especially in today’s cultural climate. Love one another, friends and enemies. Yikes!

Remember the “greatest of Commandments? “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”? (Mt 22:37) Then Jesus added, “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt 22:39). Jesus’ love for us is gifted love. No strings attached. He will be there for us; we need only believe that we are worthy, and he will bring us home to his love. Jesus’ love, however, cannot be received in a vacuum. It begs for action. Love of God and his love for us is intrinsically intertwined with the love of others. If you have not truly experienced that love, it may be hard to offer those blessings to another.

When you believe that you are worthy of God’s love, regardless of your lifestyle, the time will come when you become ready to change your life and to gift someone else. Loving yourself is a real and very necessary component of gifting love. But the method in which we love ourselves needs to be defined by the way God loves us. We cannot exist with an egotistical notion that “all is mine” and not also know that, at some point in our lives, the “love your neighbor” part is also necessary.

Who is your neighbor? Stand where you are at this very moment and look around. You are in no short supply of neighbors. A humble openness to learning from the love we receive will help you to pay it forward to each person you meet. Even if, as Mother Teresa once said, it’s just a smile. You could change someone’s world.

Perhaps a great way of starting the process would be to reflect on the Jewish blessing of Shalom. Shalom is not simply a nice greeting, something sweet to say to someone. Shalom goes much deeper. It means, in part, that all the blessings that I ask of God for myself, I also ask of God for you. No partiality. Give someone the gift of a resting place, shelter, warmth, comfort and companionship, and trust that your love, in partnership with God’s love, will bring you, as well as your neighbor, home. Oh, and let’s not forget that the offering of Shalom must also be for your enemies! Like it or not, they are also your neighbors. God Bless.

Let Go and Let God!

Bob Hook

Keep Walking With Jesus-Leader

Hopeful Hearts Breaking Free From Hurts - Leader

Gastric Sleevers - Leader

2018 Summer 5% Challenge for the Shooting Stars Team - EL Leader

Driven by Faith - Leader


 current weight: 301.8 
387
340.25
293.5
246.75
200
RHOOK20047's Photo RHOOK20047 SparkPoints: (539,388)
Fitness Minutes: (195,712)
Posts: 28,890
4/13/18 12:58 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Jesus, our Advocate

In Sunday's Gospel from Luke we have another appearance of Jesus to his confused and frightened followers. He again greets them with his gift of Peace and shows them his wounds. They still fear that he is a ghost and so he asks for something to eat to show them that he is truly real and alive. "Then Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures." He wants them and us to understand that his death was his ultimate act of love to free all of the human family from slavery to self and sin. In his death he reveals his Father to be forgiving love that conquers even and especially death.

In the second reading from the first letter of John, we hear that "we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one." An advocate is a defense attorney, one who argues on our behalf. Jesus intercedes for us and that is what we experience when we celebrate God's mercy in the sacrament of Reconciliation. A crippling weight is lifted and we know his Easter gift of Peace. As the weather warms and the flowers bloom, let us be witnesses that Jesus has risen and is truly alive. Alleluia!

Let Go and Let God!

Bob Hook

Keep Walking With Jesus-Leader

Hopeful Hearts Breaking Free From Hurts - Leader

Gastric Sleevers - Leader

2018 Summer 5% Challenge for the Shooting Stars Team - EL Leader

Driven by Faith - Leader


 current weight: 301.8 
387
340.25
293.5
246.75
200
RHOOK20047's Photo RHOOK20047 SparkPoints: (539,388)
Fitness Minutes: (195,712)
Posts: 28,890
4/8/18 5:34 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We had a sung version of Divine Mercy written by Donna Cori Gibson with Benediction. Sad the number of people who showed up for it especially with the state of the world today.

Let Go and Let God!

Bob Hook

Keep Walking With Jesus-Leader

Hopeful Hearts Breaking Free From Hurts - Leader

Gastric Sleevers - Leader

2018 Summer 5% Challenge for the Shooting Stars Team - EL Leader

Driven by Faith - Leader


 current weight: 301.8 
387
340.25
293.5
246.75
200
MAROO358's Photo MAROO358 Posts: 891
4/8/18 4:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Attended Divine Mercy Sunday services at my church today, very humbling emoticon

Remember you can be a miracle: it may seem small to you but can make smile or lend a hand to someone else.


 August SparkPoints: 923
0
250
500
750
1000
RHOOK20047's Photo RHOOK20047 SparkPoints: (539,388)
Fitness Minutes: (195,712)
Posts: 28,890
4/7/18 11:23 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I did an hour with no electronics with reading and praying during that hour, and I am continuing it during the Easter season. Being unplugged for an hour each day and focusing on the Lord is becoming the highlight of my day!

Let Go and Let God!

Bob Hook

Keep Walking With Jesus-Leader

Hopeful Hearts Breaking Free From Hurts - Leader

Gastric Sleevers - Leader

2018 Summer 5% Challenge for the Shooting Stars Team - EL Leader

Driven by Faith - Leader


 current weight: 301.8 
387
340.25
293.5
246.75
200
CRIMSCOUT's Photo CRIMSCOUT Posts: 8,735
4/7/18 10:29 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Reading....mostly Scott Hahn, plus the little white book. Also doing the Tessera (Legion of Mary).

 current weight: 234.0 
259
244
229
214
199
CJBAGGINS's Photo CJBAGGINS Posts: 33,381
4/7/18 10:11 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
After our praying, almsgiving and fasting during Lent, what are you "feasting" on during the Easter season?

I'm trying to feast on spending time with my family members, and also on spending more time in prayer (I got used to it during Lent, Alleluia!).

cj


What if we woke up tomorrow with only those things that we thanked God for today?


272 Maintenance Weeks
0
70
140
210
280
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other CC (Catholic Critters) General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics:
Last Post:
4/3/2018 8:36:17 AM
5/14/2018 1:24:21 PM
8/20/2018 1:17:14 PM
1/16/2018 8:51:50 AM



Thread URL: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1017x68836756

Review our Community Guidelines