One Minute Reflection – 8 September – Falling into the hands of Love eternal….

One Minute Reflection – 8 September – Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel:  Luke 14:25–33 and the Feast of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre

“So, therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” … Luke 14:33

REFLECTION – “…We realise that the Lord is not speaking merely of a few individuals and their specific task, the essence of what He says applies to everyone.   The heart of the matter He expresses elsewhere in these words:  “For whoever would save his life will lose it and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.   For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” (Lk 9:24f.).   Whoever wants to keep his life just for himself will lose it.   Only by giving ourselves do we receive our life.   In other words, only the one who love, discovers life.   And love always demands going out of oneself, it always demands leaving oneself.   Anyone who looks just to himself, who wants the other, only for himself, will lose both himself and the other.   Without this profound losing of oneself, there is no life.
The restless craving for life, so widespread among people today, leads to the barrenness of a lost life.   “Whoever loses his life for my sake … “ says the Lord, a radical letting-go of our self is only possible, if in the process, we end up, not by falling into the void but into the hands of Love eternal.
Only the love of God, who loses Himself for us and gives Himself to us, makes it possible for us also to become free, to let go and so truly to find life.   This is the heart of what the Lord wants to say to us in the seemingly hard words of this Sunday’s Gospel.   With his teaching He gives u, the certainty, that we can build on His love, the love of the incarnate God.   Recognition of this is the wisdom of which today’s reading speaks to us.   Once again, we find that all the world’s learning profits us nothing unless we learn to live, unless we discover what truly matters in life.” … Pope Benedict XVISaint Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Sunday, 9 September 2007 – on the occasion of the 850th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariazell (Feast day today!)luke 14 33 so therefore whoever does not lose his life for my sake - the restless craving for life - pope benedict 8 sept 2019

PRAYER – Since it is from You, God our Father, that redemption comes to us, Your adopted children, look with favour on the family You love, give true freedom to us and to all who believe in Christ, Your Son and our Saviour and bring us all alike, to our eternal heritage.   May we, in turn, give ourselves in true love to You and may the prayers of our glorious and merciful Mother, Our Lady of Charity, lead us to our heavenly home.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.our lady of charity of el cobre pray for us 8 sept 2019.jpg



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