Saturday, January 5, 2019

READ:

Beloved: This is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another, unlike Cain who belonged to the Evil One and slaughtered his brother. Why did he slaughter him? Because his own works were evil, and those of his brother righteous. Do not be amazed, then, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. Whoever does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts before him in whatever our hearts condemn, for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in God.

–1 John 3:11-21

REFLECT:

Maybe the hardest teaching of Christ is the one that separates Christianity from other religions or creeds—that we should love our enemies. This is not a suggestion. We must love indiscriminately, and that includes our enemies. Truly, if we are to imitate Our Lord, we need to love others as He loved us, the very people who sin and caused his death. Other people may try us and take our lives, but we need to love them as He loved.

Today, our world is full of virulent hate. If you disagree with another’s perspective, you may be considered a bigot. But just as we cannot abandon truth, we cannot abandon love. We must will the good of the other. That is love, and it is truth as well.

If we are going to win back our culture, we must be willing to love in truth, and to suffer steadfastly without hate, just as Christ did on the cross.

RESPOND:

Today, extend the fast you kept yesterday to today to cultivate the virtue of fortitude in carrying a cross.

Today’s Health Challenge: Reflect

Today try to reflect on your spiritual journey for 15 min.


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