Share the Love

Each of us is invited to take part in God’s love story in progress.

(Listen to my song “May I Be Light” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?

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I see such fear in people over God and over what will happen when they die.

It is so sad…and yet I, too, have to wrestle with the reward / punishment theology that was so prevalent in my upbringing and in many others who were raised Catholic or Christian.

Scripture actually tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8).

And this: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). 

In thousands and thousands of accounts from those who have had what is known as the Near Death Experience, we hear over and over about those who experienced the physical death of their bodies…but whose souls then encountered a Light of pure Love that was overwhelming and beyond description. They then returned to their bodies and were resuscitated.

I’m sure there will be sadness and regret when we realize how we failed so many times in sharing this Light with others when that was all that was expected of us.

So the wake-up call is to live in the light of this Love each and every day.

Share it in words, action and in your creativity!

This Light of pure Love is awaiting you…so why fear?

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Listen to my song “May I Be Light” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

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Walk the Talk

What good are beliefs without practicing love?

(Listen to my song “Make Me a Channel” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 7:24

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.”

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Are you listening to the words of Jesus and acting on them?

Here are some of the words Jesus has spoken:

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)

“Love your enemies.” (Matthew 5:44)

“Forgive seventy-seven times” (or in other words…without limit.) (Matthew 18:22)

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”  (Matthew 25:35-36)

“Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

We’ve heard his words.

Each of us must now ask ourselves: Am I acting on them?

And please hear this instruction without any hint of threat or punishment.

It’s not a threat but an invitation.

Because in living-out Jesus’ words we discover love and our true selves.

Holding beliefs without living-them-out seems rather hollow.

Jesus said the most important Commandments were to love God and your neighbor as yourself.

Love is all that really matters.

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Let Go

Self-emptying leads to abundant life.

(Listen to my song “Slow Me Down” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 23:1

The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.

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This scripture verse is sometimes translated as, “there is nothing I shall want.”

Either way, I’d say it’s a foreign concept in our society.

Our consumer culture is built on the premise that people are supposed to want morealways.

The economy banks on the hope that people feel they need something else.

The advertising industry is always telling us we lack just the thing that it can satisfy.

And yet the psalmist tells us that God is the one who leads us and that with God as our guide…we lack nothing.

And when I give all…I paradoxically have all.

“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To You, I return it. Give me only Your love and Your grace, for this is enough for me.” – St.Ignatius of Loyola

One good way to experience this awareness of God’s abiding Presence and fullness is to practice some form of meditation.

I practice a Christian form of contemplative prayer called Centering Prayer.

It’s a practice of self-emptying and living in the now.

When I am fully present to each moment…I realize the same Love that is sustaining the universe is sustaining me.

I lack nothing.

I am filled with joy.

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Serve

Who are those in need…who need you?

(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 72:12-13

For he rescues the poor when they cry out, the oppressed who have no one to help. He shows pity to the needy and the poor and saves the lives of the poor.

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When you read the gospels…you see that Jesus obviously takes the option of the poor.

He is always reaching out to the people on the margins and spending time with them.

Remember when Jesus stood in the synagogue on the Sabbath day and read from Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18).

This is sometimes called Jesus’ mission statement.

If we are to follow Jesus…how are we to emulate this mission in our lives?

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Unity

What do you suppose is God’s vision for the world?

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Isaiah 2:4

They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.

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This utopian view is what the prophet Isaiah set out as the sacred goal.

This is what we should be working towards.

The existential truth is…we are already one but live in the delusion that we are not.

As Thomas Merton wrote, “My dear brothers and sisters, we are already one. But we imagine we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be, is what we are.” (The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton)

I know unity can’t just happen overnight…but I get the sense that this vision isn’t even a long, long, long range consideration anymore.

Quite the opposite. It appears our culture glories in the swords and spears…and seems to look for reasons to go to war.

We are in sore need of more broad-minded, diplomatic, caring and compassionate leaders (and people in general).

Jesus gave us a great example of a strong leader who stood up to power with truth and integrity but with compassion while tirelessly working for unity and fairness.

This is the vision we are called to follow.

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Listen to the song of the day “All Are One” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

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Called

You are here for an eternal purpose.

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Matthew 4:21-22

Jesus walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

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The gospels were not written like news accounts are written by reporters today.

The writers of the gospels wanted to impart a deeper truth.

I’m thinking it’s unlikely that James and his brother John simply dropped everything when Jesus yelled out to them and walked away from their father and their livelihood.

The deeper truth is…they did eventually make a radical choice of following Jesus as their top priority.

It is a life choice.

It’s not just a decision to go to particular church or agree to certain beliefs.

To be a Christian is to follow Jesus.

That means doing what he did.

That means serving the poor and troubledall those on the margins.

That means feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, visiting the imprisoned(Matthew 25).

This is your calling as a human being: Love one another.

As Jesus said, “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34).

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Listen to the song of the day “I Want to Follow You” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

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Give Praise

We are all part of a bigger Life in a vast expanse of Love.

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Psalm 100:5

Good indeed is the LORD, his mercy endures forever, his faithfulness lasts through every generation.

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There is an All Encompassing Goodness at work and at play in each moment.

It is in this that we “live and move and have our being” as St. Paul put it (Acts 17:28).

Life to death to life to death to life it goes on and on with Mercy and Compassion winning the day.

Jesus showed us the path to life in his living, dying and rising.

Good indeed is the Creator of all.

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Listen to the song of the day “Give Praise and Thanks” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

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