Lord, without your grace we cannot persist in love when anger and disappointment burden our hearts. Without your grace we quickly lose our perspective and become preoccupied with negativity. We call upon your ever present Spirit to fill us with patience, wisdom, and the commitment to serve. Help us to be mindful of those closest to us who may need a reminder of our love for them. Thank you for abiding by us each moment of this day. –The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!
St. Peter shows sinners a way forward in today’s first reading: “Let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.” Love is the antidote for sin, for whereas all sin has the selfishness of pride at its root, love is self-forgetful and humble. So by loving one another, we go against the root cause of sin. But saying that love covers a multitude of sins means it also atones for our past sins. Love alone can overcome the alienation from others and from God that is the effect of sin.
We who have sinned have a remedy for our plight: to love intensely. St. Peter specifies that loving intensely should take the form of being hospitable and serving one another according to our gifts. A life of love is a life of service. This gives a positive direction to our quest for holiness. Seeking to avoid sin can be a frustrating struggle of seeking to impose self-discipline over our evil habits. But by turning our focus onto the love of others through selfless service, we can grow out of and overcome any sin. As we grow in the love of God and intensify our love of each other, our souls are filled and sin is naturally pushed out without stress or difficulty. While always giving self-discipline its due place, we are given here the secret weapon in the fight against sin. With love, we can conquer all. —Fr. Matthew Monnig, S.J.Please share the Good Word with your friends!
The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.
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