30 Mar Mt 5:17-19 (Life Giving!) by Lori Libby
“Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:17-19 (full readings)
Lori’s Reflections: God revealed the commandments to Moses as laws for the people to follow. But God calls us to do more than just the minimum. He wants us to stretch ourselves and do the optimum. Six years ago God gave me a life changing opportunity. A lady at my church requested people to consider having their blood tested to see if they were a match for a kidney donation. I was a very close match. I believe it was part of God’s plan for me and my family. With the help and support of my family and parish, I donated a kidney in October 2005…for the Glory of God and the health of His people. I was only His instrument. God gives each of us opportunities to share ourselves with others: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
* Lori Libby is married to Bob, and they have 5 children. She is an emergency department nurse in Belleville, IL. Lori helps lead the local Engaged Encounter retreat team.
Faith Challenge: Share yourself with others…be an instrument of His love and caring.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. John Climacus.
Faith Quote: “Justice that endures is justice that is practiced humbly, compassionately sharing in the fate of others, sowing the spirit of pardon and mercy everywhere.” ~ John Paul II
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.