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2/4/2011 7:41:31 AM
Mass Reading & Meditation for February 4, 2011
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ďLet mutual love continue.Ē (Hebrews 13:1)

Has this ever happened to you? The doorbell rings, and when you answer it, your heart drops because you have just opened the door to someone you donít like very much. Itís not that you actively dislike this person, itís more that your personalities donít match, and the relationship takes a lot of work on your end. Your first instinct is to act as if youíre too busy for conversation, even though you arenít. You know you should be more generous, but you just canít seem to find it in yourself.

The author of Hebrews talks about mutual loveóthe very thing that Jesus commanded at the Last Supper, when he told his disciples: ďAs I have loved you, so you also should love one anotherĒ (John 13:34). So how do we do it, especially in situations like the one described above? Trying to conjure up the right amount of good will may work for a time, but we will eventually lose our energy. And we sense, too, that being completely honest and telling our would-be friend to leave us alone is both hurtful and wrong. In the end, we simply donít have what it takes to put these words into practice.

And thatís exactly what God wants us to know! The love that Jesus commanded and that Hebrews exhorts us to is a love that can come to us only as a gift from the Holy Spirit. Jesus told us that it is easy to love those who treat us welló even the pagans do that (Matthew 5:46-47). But it takes nothing short of divine intervention to find the strength to love those people who are different from us, who have mistreated us, or who just plain rub us the wrong way. The only one who loves perfectly, the only one who can make room in his heart for everyone, is Jesus. And it is only by surrendering to him that we will find ourselves able to treat everyone with respect, honor, and love.

Do these words challenge you? Good! Let that challenge move you to seek the Lord more fully. Tell him that you need his love. Tell him that you want to become more like him. Let go of even the small judgments and prejudices you have so that you can look on everyone in the same wayóas beloved children of God worthy of great respect, honor, and love.

ďJesus, reduce me to love!Ē

Psalm 27:1,3,5,8-9; Mark 6:14-29


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