01 Feb Choose Love (Mk 7:14) by Justin Weiler
Hear Me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come from within are what defile. ~ Mk 7:14
Reflection: Sinning is a personal decision. Selfishness and greed come from within. We defile ourselves and point away from God’s will. This is a part of human nature that is easy to see but a constant effort to combat. If we do not accept all people as children of Christ, we are also making a personal decision and pointing away from God’s will. It is easy to look at somebody who has wronged us and immediately and angrily judge them as a sinner, but we need to take the beam out of our eye before telling them to take the sliver out of their eye. Abortion, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, etc., will always be morally wrong “things that come out from within”, but so are wrath and judgment. To truly make a difference and bring the message of LIFE and peace to the world, the answer is love. We need to consciously avoid evil and let love pour out of us. This love may be praying outside of Planned Parenthood, writing a congressman, or just silently offering a Rosary for an end to abortion. This will bring about a change in the world!
Challenge: No matter the evils of the world, let us always remember that love is a constant decision. Resolve to choose God’s will (and by default, love) in all things.
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Inspiration: “I am going slowly, step-by-step, because I have two bags to carry – one containing my own sins, the other Christ’s merits. When I get to the other side, I will open my bags and say, ‘Eternal Father, now judge!’ and to St. Peter, ‘You can close that door of yours, for I am going to stay.'” ~ St. Josephine Bakhita
All In Christ for Pro-Life,
* Justin Weiler serves in the Air Force. Between family, work, and serving God in various ministries of the Church, Justin still finds time for some “redemptive suffering” by training for the next big race.