Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection- 10-5-20

461 10-5-20 27th WOT Luke 10:25-37

God expects us to be merciful as he is merciful. What does Jesus’ story tell us about true love for  one’s neighbor?                            

First, we must be willing to help, even if others brought trouble on themselves through their own fault or negligence.                                                                                 

Second, our love and concern to help others in need must be practical. Good intentions and      showing pity, or empathizing with others, are not enough.                              

And lastly, our love for others must be as wide and as inclusive as God’s love. God excludes no one from his care and concern. God’s love is unconditional.  So, we must be ready to do good to others for their sake, just as God is good to us. 

The cross shows us God’s perfect love and forgiveness. Jesus truly identified with our plight,           and He took the burden of our sinful condition upon Himself. He showed us the depths of God’s     love and compassion, by sharing in our suffering and by offering His life as an atoning sacrifice for our sins upon the cross. His suffering is redemptive because it brings us healing and restoration and the fullness of eternal life. God offers us true freedom from every form of oppression, sin, and suffering. And that way is through the cross of Jesus Christ. Are you ready to embrace the cross of Christ, to suffer for His sake, and to lay down your life out of love for your neighbor?

“Lord Jesus, may your love always be the foundation of our life. Free us from every fear and      selfish-concern that we may freely give of ourselves in loving service to others, even to the point of laying our life down for their sake.”

Published by St. James, Belvidere

Saint James Catholic Church, Belvidere, IL