06 Jan 1 John 4:7-8 (love story)
Posted on Tuesday 06 January, 2009
Welcome God every morning before your work by taking ~5 min to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which has snippets from Living Faith (livingfaith.com). All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
Everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God…for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
Living Faith snippets: “We love and are loved by others precisely because we come from God, and because we belong to God. Love is what God is and what God does in the world!” by Karla Manternach
Rich’s comments: A year and a half ago during liturgical training, it was revealed to me that the entire Bible is a love story. That throughout the Old Testament God tried many ways to communicate His love for us and His desire for us to love Him back. It was not until He embodied Himself as flesh and blood as Jesus Christ did we finally realize how much God loves us and how God desires us to love Him. It is through Jesus Christ that we are now able to communicate our love to God. Jesus showed us that we love God by doing His will and by loving others. Sometimes though it is difficult to love those who we do not know. Mother Teresa provided guidance in this respect when she said, “To be able to love one another, we must pray much, for prayer gives a clean heart and a clean heart can see God in our neighbor.” Lord, I pray that you open my heart to love others, even those who I do not know. We all have an endless supply of God’s love to share (like the bread in today’s Gospel reading that fed five thousand). Amen.
Our Prayers: Prayer to End Abortion
, chastity, our enemies, our troops, natural disasters, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife
politicians, loss of loved ones, lack of faith, illnesses/injuries, Mike Castle (eye infection), Carolyn McKissack
), Joe Levisky
(medical issues), Rob Ouellette
(St. Patrick’s prayer list), Rich Reich (Granny’s health problems), Dan Castle (for alcoholics to accept intervention), Jason Peters (health of son JP), peace in the Middle East (Iraq, Gaza)
Feast Day (Blessed Andre Bessette):
Faith Quote: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” by Mother Teresa
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Today’s Bible readings
. Reflection on readings at http://www.daily-meditations.org/index2.html* Prayer:
Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, thereby changing us & helping others. Wayne Watson lyrics, “When God’s people pray, there is hope reborn, there is sin forgiven, and miracles you can’t explain await!” ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn
’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead & see Him.’* Fasting:
Let’s fast from things that takes our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, judgment, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).
* Defend the unborn: ‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might lie as you wish’ Blessed Mother Teresa.
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service.
Let’s joyfully live out the Good News and gladly tell others about it (Mark 16:15)!