January 28, 2007, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“There are in the end three things that last: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love.” (1Corinthians 13:13)
1. Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
2. 1 Corinthians 12:31, 13:13
3. Gospel of Luke 4:21-30
REFLECTION: Let’s think about this: we do not fall in love or out of love. Rather, we grow in love. More and more, as we live, we develop the ability to love. We can extend our loving presence further and further. Sometimes others extend their loving to us. Sometimes they do not. Our loving does not depend on theirs. We choose to love. Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is no love where there is no will.”
PRAYER: Patient Lord, we thank you for sticking by us in good times and bad. You love us whether we do good or sin. You are always waiting for our return. Keep us in your care. Amen.
Think of some times when people were patient with you. How did this make you feel?
Review this week some of the characteristics of love, given by St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians. Love is patient, kind, not jealous, does not put on airs, is not snobbish, rude or self-seeking, etc., etc.
Think today about your relationships family to family. Do something special today for a family you love and have good relations with.
Pray today for those who are different from you. Take time to reflect and gain understanding of the difference.
Two-year olds, adolescents, and adults dealing with major changes in their lives share this common struggle. Today be patient with any of these people.
Pray the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary today in honor of Our Lady.
Lord, God, you are quick to forgive us. Show us how to let go of our grudges. Help us to be forgiving and loving toward others, as you are to us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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