One way to ensure that our witness to the Gospel keeps growing every day is to grow in love each day. The Gospel is really all about God?s love for us and thus loving God and our neighbor is at the center of witnessing to a Gospel-based life. When we read the lives of the saints they always speak to us about the centrality and importance of making the decision to love God and our neighbor despite how we may feel at any given time. I am sure there would have been times that Paul did not feel like loving the communities he began, but nevertheless did so because he knew it was the right thing to do.
1 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and ministers: 2 grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving 3 I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, 4 praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, 5 because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. 6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, 10 to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
P S A L M
Psalm 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R: How great are the works of the Lord!
1 I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company and assembly of the just. 2 Great are the works of the LORD, exquisite in all their delights. (R) 3 Majesty and glory are his work, and his justice endures forever. 4 He has won renown for his wondrous deeds; gracious and merciful is the LORD. (R) 5 He has given food to those who fear him; he will forever be mindful of his covenant. 6 He has made known to his people the power of his works, giving them the inheritance of the nations. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus was not afraid to take the argument to His detractors and put them on the spot. Here He confronts a leading Pharisee with a question about the legitimacy of performing a good deed on the Sabbath. When put in the terms that Jesus puts it, there is no way out except to accept that the law of love is greater than the command to refrain from work on the Sabbath. This is even more evident when we consider that the law was designed to keep the Sabbath free of onerous work directed to the making of money and to encourage reflection and activities that will help us grow in our faith on that day.
1 On a sabbath he went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. 2 In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. 3 Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, ?Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?? 4 But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him. 5 Then he said to them, ?Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?? 6 But they were unable to answer his question.
think: One way to ensure that our witness to the Gospel keeps growing every day is to grow in love each day.
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