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Burning With Love – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

Often we are preoccupied with the question “How can we be witnesses in the Name of Jesus?  What are we supposed to say or do to make people accept the love that God offers them?”  These questions are expressions more of our fear than of our love.   Jesus shows us the way of being witnesses.  He was so full of God’s love, so connected with God’s will, so burning with zeal for God’s Kingdom, that he couldn’t do other than witness.  Wherever he went and whomever he met, a power went out from him that healed everyone who touched him.  (See Luke 6:19.)

If we want to be witnesses like Jesus, our only concern should be to be as alive with the love of God as Jesus was.

For further reflection…

“If you have material possessions and see another in need but have no pity, how can the love of God be in you? Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  This then is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence…” – 1 John 3: 17-19 (NIV)

Beyond Our Faults

As we really face our selfishness, as we really face our unjust angers, as we really face the grudges that we hold, as we really face the bitterness that is there, we don’t have to sweep it under the carpet. We can look at it and know that God loves us as we are and is willing to help us grow beyond these faults and failings.

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Living the Gospels

It’s not just the matter of reading the Scriptures and getting beautiful thoughts. It’s also reading the Scriptures and being in touch with the Spirit in ourselves and in the words and having them change our lives. And no matter how bad we are, how far we have strayed from our true calling in Christ, they can change us. No matter how good we are, they can make us better.

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Praying the Scriptures

We worship God, not the written words. But we reverence the words of God because they lead us to God himself. We pray.

-from The Gospels According to Saint Francis

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