Our Church is filled with those who minister to others. Religious and lay leaders alike deserve our support and love. We must see these courageous leaders as those we follow as we serve God and those around us. When we support these devoted individuals, we honor Jesus Christ and His Way of faith, hope, and love. Let us do it with great joy!
Do we see others as the Beloved Children of God? Jesus came to redeem and save us all. Let us build up the People of God. Let’s us show love and kindness despite how others act or treat us. This is what Jesus did. Let us follow His example daily!
As followers of Jesus, we are to live lives of faith, hope, and love! This requires us to forgive and reconcile with those who we are fighting and hurting with. Humility and compassion are clearly the way of Jesus. When we have divisions in our Church and society, it diminishes our walk of faith together. Let us each practice the fruits of the Spirit to include seeking charity (love), peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, , humility, gentleness, modesty, temperance, chastity, and long suffering (longamity), These twelve fruits along with the Beatitudes of Jesus show us how to live.
As a member of the Body of Christ, we all have a role. The Church is for us all and asks of us to do our part. What is the role Christ has called you to? Have you asked for the Holy Spirit to guide you as as live your life within the Church and in society? Do so! Our God will gift you with a role fitting for you and your gifts. It may be larger or smaller, but it will be meaningful for the Kingdom of God! Live your given role and rejoice it is with your brothers and sisters in Christ!
Pray that Christians are reconciled in our love of God and neighbor. Let our unity of action in love be our way of bringing others to Jesus Christ. We also must lift our prayers for those who have departed from the Church. May they too find Jesus Christ. Jesus did not want to lose any of the sheep He has been entrusted with. Let our actions bring those who are lost and rejected into the fold of love.
Where can you find friends in Christ? Our Catholic Church is universal and available to all. We can find those attempting, imperfectly, to live the Gospel call of Jesus in our parishes. The world needs to know we welcome all those who are lost and struggling. We need to use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to heal and love all. Be a friend – and find a friend – within your local parish
Do you consider yourself a temple of God? Do we keep ourselves clean and open to the Spirit? It is crucial that we acknowledge the Holy Spirit lives within. When we do, it can change how we act and who we are. We are then compelled to examine our lives and live them differently for Christ. Let your life reflect the Holy Temple of the Spirit that you truly are!
You many often pray to Jesus or Abba Father. But, do you pray to the Spirit who is one within the Trinity with Jesus and Abba Father? Pray daily to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to be strengthened each moment. It’s the Spirit that will guide, advocate, teach, and empower you daily. The Spirit resides within you now. Allow it to change and comfort you moment by moment!
Why are we reluctant to give our all to Jesus Christ? Jesus held nothing back from us. He gave it all in love for us! Let all that holds you from Him fade away. Let your love burst through this moment to Him! When you do, you are received as you are. Nothing but a willing heart is required. Let yourself fall into His Loving Embrace!
What things in your life are you tempted to settle for instead of pursuing Christ? Is it money, praise of others, recreation, or some other less worthy outcome then to be with Christ? Let nothing stop you from pursuing to live in a way that gives you Christ! Many good things in life can be yours as long as they are used in the pursuit of loving others and Christ. When these God-created attractions become your destination, you will lose out on the grandest prize of all – Christ!