Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:43-48 (Love For Enemies)
If there is ever going to be peace, we can’t see people or nations as enemies. I know the way I am saying this may not make sense; but just be patient with me for a moment. Yes, there are people that hate us and want to kill us. They must consider us their enemies no doubt, but for us to start the process of peace and friendship and finding a way to be able to love one another, we can’t be calling each other enemies. The process of peace must begin with love. This is a hard reflection to share. I hope my words express what my heart and soul feel.
Pondering these thoughts today: Ok, I’ll say it again: Life is Too Short! I listened to Matthew Kelly’s Lenten reflection (Best Lent Ever – you should sign up) and it really got me thinking about what he said. What he said does relate to today’s gospel, actually it relates to every day’s gospel, every day’s events, everything.
“If you knew you had three years to live, what would you change on your schedule this year? … If you knew you had three years to live, what would you change on your schedule this week?” ~Matthew Kelly
In the Comments, I posted this:
My precious wife (Christine) of 30 years passed away November 26, 2016. She had suffered from lung cancer for 5 years 6 months, we knew from all our research that anyone with this disease who made it past the 2 years more than most likely wouldn't make it past the 6th year. She and I talked about it frequently and she and I and our 5 kids lived and loved each day as if it were her last. We said I LOVE YOU MORE! We were more attentive and passionate and forgiving MORE! We always hugged her every single day MORE! We knew any day could be her last with us. We valued that and so did she. The morning she died most of our kids were there, she looked me in the eyes and said, "Jim, I'm dying!" and laid back on our bed, we did all we can to revive her. But it was time for Chrissy to go HOME. She was at peace. And in some ways so were we, she was no longer suffering. We miss her horribly still and always will. Thank you Matthew Kelly for this wonderful Lenten devotion, our family needs this.
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
Today is Saturday: We pray the Joyful Mysteries:
The Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation (Humility) – Luke 1:26-28
2. The Visitation (Love of Neighbor) – Luke 1:39-45
3. The Birth of Jesus (Poverty of Spirit) – Luke 2:1-20
4. The Presentation (Purity of Mind and Spirit) – Luke 2:22-38
5. Finding in The Temple (Obedience) –Luke 2:41-50
I simply love Saturday mornings, because Saturday like every other day of the week -begins with the Rosary.
Rosary Man Jim’s Joyful Reflection: http://beads-of-joy-blog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-joyful-mysteries_10.html