Today’s Gospel: Luke 14:12-14
We are called to live a life of radical love and service. Luke 14:12-14 encourages us to be conscientious of our motivations and the purity of our intentions. At one point, my priest talked about the importance of giving with joy and not regretting what was already given. He was referring to a monetary donation context, but I was able to apply it to service. As a mom of four, I was praying a lot about how and where I should be serving and often worrying about whether I was making the right choices. His comment gave me the freedom to serve with joy and ongoing prayer that Jesus would guide my path to prioritizing my life, but to never regret service already given.
As Catholics, we are lucky to have the words and lives of the Saints as inspiration for how to align our lives to the Gospel. When learning about the research process, I heard the concept of “building on the shoulder of giants.” One aspect I appreciate about the lives of Saints is that they link back through history as they point to different layers of those who have inspired them, all leading back to Jesus.
I love Mother Teresa’s words, “Mary, give me your Heart: so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate; your Heart so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life and love Him as you love Him and serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor.” We can see how these words align with today’s Gospel and also show an indication of some mentors to help us with the process – Mother Teresa and Mary, both pointing back to Jesus. The emphasis on humility helps us to reflect on how we can serve out of selfless love.
What are the contexts in your life when it is most challenging to be selfless? How can you shift your actions and thinking related to those contexts over time?
Dear Lord, I appreciate Your guidance through Holy Scripture and the inspiration of those who have chosen to love and serve like You. Please help me to keep first things first in my life.
Copyright 2017 Amanda Villagómez
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