“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
As we look around the corner, Valentine’s Day is almost here. And what do we hear of most? Love. And we can love because God loved us first. Not the love that the world speaks about. But love that is defined in the Bible.
1 Corinthians 13, 1-13
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now, we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Let us love each other as Christ has loved us. He gave His life that we might live.
We live in some very challenging times. Filled with a lot of things that are not love. God loved us first so that we can love others as He has loved us. Let’s go fishing in the deep water to love others. Let’s bring others to Christ, bring them back to the Catholic Church or to a closer relationship with our brother Christ.
As I contemplate Cursillo and what it has done in my life, how it has helped me to grow, I want to reach out to others that they might share in the love of God. How did I get closer? In part by considering frequently the questions at the end of the Ideal Rollo. How do I spend my free time? What pleases me most in life? What do I spend my money on? What do I think of most? And to know God, I need to spend time listening to Him. I need to seek Him out daily. Otherwise, my day goes sideways pretty quickly. Love. May God show you His love and may you show your love for Him by how you live your life.
Your Brother and Sister in Christ,
John Lyons & Kathy Otermat