Posted by: livingscripture | September 17, 2014

Twenty-fourth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

Love never fails.”

 (1 Corinthians 13: 8)      

 

How should we live this Word jcheart

These words are much more than a simple affirmation.  They are strong like a dam that holds back the floods of rushing waters.  Let us consider it a bit.

I may possess an enormous quantity of beautiful and precious things, a villa with a splendid, large garden, colored with various flowers.  However, the walls undergo the wear of time and the flowers and trees lose their color, their perfume, and life itself.  Think of the mountains of cash, of ready money, and the bureaucratic intrigue and unexpected alteration of economic interests maneuvered by the great holders of the world’s riches, who can at any moment, cause enormous sums of money to crumble.  Youth passes quickly.

The comforts and most desired abilities pass away with time.

There is only one thing that does not pass away: charity.  This means the love with which God loves us and that which, for love of Him, we seek to have for our neighbor in addition to ourselves.

Under a cloudy sky that portends the coming autumnal rains, my heart holds the light of this certainty, everything is passing except that which really counts: to perceive myself infinitely loved by God, to believe with all my strength and learn to place all on the fact that, with His love, I can always love in the right way as He commands.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall delight in God’s love for me and ask Him to fill me with love for Him and for all my sisters and brothers and for all creation. 

Lord, let the delicate breath of Your Spirit keep alive in me faith in Your Love that never fails and the capacity to love in You and for You without ever tiring!

The voice of Madeleine Hutin, Founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor

The charity we show exteriorly should not be other than the overflowing of the deep charity drawn from the life of prayer, the radiation of Christ Himself.


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