Love in Action

When we serve another…we serve God.

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John 13:3-5

Fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.

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This says it all.

Jesus knew his oneness with God…that he had come from God and would be returning to God.

Do you know your oneness with God?

Do you know you came from God and will return to God?

Knowing his oneness with God…Jesus knew that everyone was one with God.

He gave us the lesson of lessons in life: Serve each other.

Because when you serve another…you serve God.

May we all take this to heart.

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Be

To hear God’s voice…we must awaken.

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Isaiah 50:4-5

Morning after morning he wakens my ear to hear as disciples do; The Lord GOD opened my ear; I did not refuse, did not turn away.

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To hear God speak…you must be listening.

You must be attentive.

This simply means…you must be present.

Recently while on retreat I heard a reading from the gospel of John at Mass…the reading where Jesus said: “Before Abraham came to be, I AM” (John 8:58).

When the priest finished his homily…I was dissatisfied with his summation that Jesus was simply proclaiming that he was God.

In the silence that followed…I heard birds singing outside the church with seeming delight.

And it was then that I received a sudden revelation in my heart.

I understood that the birds were preaching Jesus’ deeper message with each joyful chirp: “I am! I am! I am!

In an instant I understood that just as the birds are a part of the “I AM-ness” of God…so am I…and so are you and everyone else.

My heart leaped for joy and I felt deep gratitude to be a part of the oneness of God’s amazing creation.

Take some time to really be present.

Let golisten…and be glad!

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Love Wins

When you do what is just and compassionate…you will never regret it.

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Isaiah 49:4

Though I thought I had toiled in vain, for nothing and for naught spent my strength, yet my right is with the LORD, my recompense is with my God.

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When you are called to do the right thing…what is just for the oppressed and the poor…you may not see “success” in the eyes of the world.

Remember…we’re not living for the world but for God.

We have a great role model in Jesus.

To the world…he appeared to be the ultimate loser.

He was rejected or abandoned by just about everyone (except for a few women), and was executed in the most cruel manner.

However…appearances are deceiving.

Jesus’ example is still being followed 2000 years after his death.

His teachings are still making a life-changing difference for many!

The way of Love is a force that patiently and persistently works.

It cannot be defeated.

This is the way of God.

It’s the way of Love.

Hang in there. New life is in the making!

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Social Justice

Faith without works is dead. – James 2:17

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Isaiah 42:6-7

I, the LORD, have called you for justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

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In today’s scripture…the Prophet Isaiah was speaking of the coming Messiah.

Jesus later embraced these words (Luke 4:18-19) as his own mission statement.

If you identify as a Christian…then that means this is your mission statement as well.

Are you carrying out this mission?

Many Christians seem to be good church-goers…but I’m not so sure how well they are actually following Jesus’ mission.

Jesus called us to follow him…which would mean reaching out to the oppressed and all those in need.

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Let Go…Let God

God’s love for us and everything is eternal.

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Psalm 34:19

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.

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Have you heard of the word “panentheism”?

It is not the same as “pantheism”.

Here’s the difference: Pantheism is the belief that God and the universe can be equated; that God is the universe.

Panentheism states that all is in God; it says the Divine interpenetrates all aspects of the universe and transcends it.

St. Paul seemed to believe the latter.

He put it this way when talking about God: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Since we also equate God with Love (1 John 4:8), then we literally are living and moving and having our being in Love itself.

God cannot abandon us. Impossible!

The feeling that we are separated from God is an illusion of our minds.

If you are feeling this…you are in good company.

Everyone experiences this at various points in their lives. Many saints did as well.

It’s called the “dark night of the soul.”

Mother Teresa endured years of this.

So if you are struggling…know that you are not alone.

You are being taken to a deeper place of God’s love.

Let go and fall into the all-consuming, all-embracing Great Compassion.

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Your Calling

Nothing is more important than being your true self.

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John 5:44

“How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?”

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Whose praise are you seeking?

Whose praise really matters?

Many of us are people pleasers.

We were conditioned to head down that road from our earliest childhood.

When did you…or have you ever…asked yourself: “What does God want from me?”

We have been loved into existence by Love itself so that we can be a channel of love to the world.

So when you are doing that…you are pleasing God.

Because that’s when you are in touch with your true self.

As Thomas Merton wrote in New Seeds of Contemplation, “If I find Him (God), I will find myself, and if I find my true self I will find Him (God).”

If you are looking for a way to be compassion to the world…follow the example of Jesus or his closest follower Mary Magdalene.

If and when we do this…God’s praise is resounding in our souls.

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Gospel

There is a Benevolence in the fabric of all that exists.

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Psalm 145:9

The LORD is good to all, compassionate toward all your works.

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Who is the most compassionate person you know?

Whoever that is…God must be a trillion times more compassionate.

Actually…that’s an understatement since God is eternally loving, merciful, forgiving and compassionate.

Since God is Love (1 John 4:8)…we know that this Love is what is giving everything life.

Love is in, through, and all around all that is.

As St. Paul put it: In God we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).

That doesn’t mean that there won’t be struggles.

Sometimes we suffer because people have free will and can choose to do things that are hurtful.

Nature also has a freedom that can cause damage. (I’m thinking this is largely amplified by the amount of damage humans are doing to nature but that subject is for another time.)

But throughout all of it…there is an underlying Love holding all and including all.

Bodily death is not the end…but merely a transformation to new life.

Our souls go on safe and sound.

So trust…and live in that awareness.

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