Thursday 5 January 2017
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
We love because he first loved us.
If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar;
for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1 John 4
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” Luke 4
The mission of Jesus is so clear.
He has come to show us how to love;
how to love those who most in need of love.
Sometimes the poorest, neediest person,
is the person in my own house that I have the least patience with.
I can’t say I love God and ignore the one I’m called to love.
May we have the light, the grace, of this week,
all about love,
to love more and more,
starting out very close to home.
You have given me the great gift of faith
that offers so much meaning in my life.
You call me to see with new eyes, those who are in need
and ask me to love them as You love me.
Such a challenge, Lord!
As You touched the eyes of the blind and let in the light,
touch my heart and help me to open it
to those who most annoy me,
those who are hardest for me to love.
I know that I am only redeemed through You
and I beg You to fan the flame of hope in my life.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.