What do I want out of life? Do I want it to be easy – or meaningful? What did Jesus want for Himself? Was His life easy or difficult? Did He suffer? As His followers, we too will suffer as we love and stand for what is just. Seek a life of sacrifice which will likely cause you suffering. We should not expect to be treated differently than Our Savior. He struggled and suffered. As we love like He did, we too will need to sacrifice and endure suffering.
Jesus wants us to be forgiven. We only need to seek it. God longs for us to be close once again. The Holy Spirit prompts us to return to our Savior Jesus. Listen to this voice from within and return home. Reside in your forgiveness. It is what you long for most deeply. Follow this longing back into the loving arms of Jesus Christ!
Our Blessed Mother Mary shows us how to love completely. A humble, teenage girl in a small town in the Middle East changed the world when she said yes to a profound request. She accepted the invitation to be the first apostle. She became completely devoted to Jesus as His mother for her entire life. Can we abandon all of our dreams to take on the bigger dreams of God? She said “yes” to a remarkable calling. So can we! God can live within us freely remaking our lives! Say your “yes” to God and let your life change!
Our lives are gifts we receive to give back to Jesus through service of others. In thanksgiving, we must acknowledge where our gifts are from. Then, we must humbly return the gifts to their highest use in serving others. This is both right and remarkable. We have life. We can give. When we do so, it delights our God! Give your life back to God in the most amazing way!
Suffering is a part of life. When we suffer for others, it can be our way of loving them. We need to pray for the strength to love others even if it causes us to suffer. This is hard. Jesus acknowledged this fact – but was willing to suffer for us anyway. The saints and mystics did likewise. Are you willing to suffer to live Way of Jesus? Can you do it joyously?
As you mature in prayer, you are likely to experience periods of desolation. God has not abandoned you in this period where you do not feel the warmth of consolation with God. Jesus is never far from you. And yet, it will feel dry and even unproductive. Stick with your prayer. Jesus felt desolation as well. In the Garden prior to His Death, He felt abandoned and dry. He was never without His Abba Father. And, you also have God ever so near even during desolation.
We all desire a loving father. Let Abba God be your Father. Rest in His Love for you and all. A father takes care of his children. Our God is a faithful parent – oving, kind, and ever mindful of our needs. We must let Him in to love us. God wants to love us and care for our needs. Come into my life, Father of Life!
Jesus was Transfigured to show us His Glory. Let us live in His gentle Presence. Let us also be transfigured with His Love. We are all called to live in Jesus Christ. Let today be that day of this love! We have so much to be thankful for and to give praise. We can let ourselves be drawn to His Transfigured Live!
Our souls are the spiritual home of our God. Our Triune God lives within us. Do we believe this? Do we create a home that is inviting to Our Lord? Virtues, good deeds and prayer create an inviting home for Jesus. It is where He most wants to reside – within us! Our lives become a means of preparing our souls for Abba Father, inviting in the Holy Spirit, and dwelling with Jesus. No more glorious space is a soul that is welcoming and endearing to God!
We are spiritual beings in need of our connection with the Divine. All have a soul within that longs for connection with God. We too must acknowledge this deep longing and seek to satisfy it by seeking time with Jesus. Creating an ever deepening life of prayer and devotion is a natural course for us as spiritual beings. Go deep into your love of Jesus. Hold nothing back. Jesus wants all of us. Give it all to Him as you go to Him frequently throughout your day! It will only lead to a more joyous and meaningful life!