FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Thursday 27 January 2022
Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.” He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”(Mark 4: 21-25)
How shall I live this Word?
With the measure with which you measure it will be measured to you “. What size are we talking about?
The measure of Love! So, by what measure do I measure others? With what measure do I measure myself? Is it a generous measure, full of love, or low-level because it is full of selfishness?
This is Jesus’ invitation. We have different styles and ways of measuring ourselves, others, things: with the same meter it will be measured for us.
“The true measure of love is to love without measure.” (St. Augustine) “Do everything out of love and nothing out of force” (St. Francis de Sales). “In the world, people may appear different or have a different religion, education or position, but they are all the same. They are people to love, they are all hungry for love. Peace is brought to the world with love, and not with force. ” (Mother Teresa)
And we could go on: the Saints told us in a thousand ways, especially with their testimony and the gift of life. In a time in which relationships are often guided by compromise, encounters and gestures hugs are avoided or even forbidden, in a time when it is better to shut up at home than to go out towards each other, we are called to live the greatest challenge, tell the world about Love.
The parable of the Good Samaritan ends with the clear exhortation: “Go and do the same!”. Our model is Jesus. So, we just have to start: he loves like Jesus, he loves you first!
Lord, teach me to love! This is the prayer that will help me today to approach those who are beside me with a loving gaze, aware that love begins at home. (M. Teresa)
The Voice of St. Francis de Sales
We learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working. In the same way, we learn to love by loving. All those who think they can learn in any other way, are fooling themselves.
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