Love Is Not Snobbish
Memorial of Saint Cornelius, Pope and martyr and of Saint Cyprian, bishop and martyr
I promise to practice universal charity today by being kind to someone with whom I do not ordinarily associate.
by Fr David Daly, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord Jesus, I believe that you
came into this world to redeem sinners. I hope in you and in your power to transform my soul, by
your grace, from sinfulness to holiness. Lord, I love you and offer you the longings of my heart to
put you truly first in my life. I want to love you with all my mind, heart, soul and
Jesus, teach me to live universal charity.
"Accompanying Him Were the Twelve"
In this rather commonplace phrase from the Gospel, we
perceive Jesus' universal charity. He chose his twelve apostles from many different backgrounds.
Most of them probably would not have been friends were it not for Christ. Matthew was a tax
collector; Peter, James and John, fisherman. Judas was more "sophisticated" than the rest. Yet,
Jesus called them all to be his closest collaborators. As a result, they would come to cooperate
with and appreciate each other. When Christ is at the center of any relationship, differences can
not only be overcome, they can become points of strength as well.
2. Mary, Called
Not only did he choose men to be his close collaborators, but as the Gospel says
there were also "women who provided for him out of their resources." Jesus assigned them different
roles, but he saved and transformed their lives all the same. We think of Mary Magdalene as a close
friend of Christ, but we should also remember that he transformed her, with the power of God's
grace, by expelling seven demons from her.
3. The Wife of Herod's Steward:
of the women following Jesus was "Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward." It is amazing to realize
that the Gospel took root even in the midst of the fiefdom of Herod, a man who had absolutely no
esteem for our Lord. We, then, should never 'write someone off.' Prayer, sacrifice, and charity can
be effective means for the worst sinner's conversion. Jesus' message was capable of inspiring
followers in all societal conditions and groupings. Similarly, we are called to build the Kingdom at
all levels of our secularized world.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus Christ,
you give us the example of unconditional love for each and every person. You do not care what our
background is or how many sins we have committed. Your mercy is infinite and everlasting! Thank you
for your love. I beg you to teach me to love without limits.
to practice universal charity today by being kind to someone with whom I do not ordinarily
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