Lenten Reflection Day 11: Matthew 5:46

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“For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?” (Matthew 5:46)

Reflection

Lent challenges us to disengage the auto-pilot of our spirituality. It is an occasion to grow in faith, hope, and charity by praying and ministering to those we dislike. To fast from hatred toward those who we do not consider deserving of our love.

Today’s Intention:

Lord, give us opportunities this Lent to step away from our spiritual comfort zone by praying and ministering to those we disapprove.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: 1 John 1:7 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #27)

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“But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7)

Reflection:

Fellowship with each other goes beyond putting on with someone. It takes intentional efforts to build fellowship. It takes the light of love.

Faith and unity require a commitment to know God and neighbor. That which we do not know we do not love.

Today’s Intention:

Lord, grant us the graces of fellowship and unity. The light of love for You and neighbor.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: Amos 3:4 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #24)

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“Do two journey together unless they have agreed?” (Amos 3:2)

Reflection: St. Valentine’s Day is a symbol of unity. A moment to acknowledge our love for one another. Love is not free from difficulties. On the contrary, trials are what strengthens love.

Christ taught us that lasting love requires devotion, compassion, and reconciliation. Without these virtues, love is like eating food without nutrients on which our body cannot survive, and neither can our relationships.

Today’s Intentions: O Lord, thanks for your example of love. May your love always be our life’s companion, especially during lonely moments. May it be a source of nourishment to bring agreement to our nation.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: 1 John 4:20 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #10)

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If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” 1 John 4:20

Reflection:

Hate divides us from the love of God and neighbor. At the best of times, unity is seldom easy, especially when we place love of self before love of God.

Just like the early Christians, we too struggle with love and hate; with unity and division. However, as long as we remember to place God’s love before ours, unity will always have a chance.

Today’s Intention: O Jesus, may the Holy Spirit helps us to seek unity by loving God and neighbor before ourselves.

Peace and Goodness