O sing a new song to he Lord, for he has worked wonders, in the ssight of th nations he has shown his deliverance. (Psalm 98:1-2)
May your people exult forever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption , we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…
Alleluia, alleluia. I give you a new commandment says the Lord: love one another as I have loved you. Alleluia, alleluia.
When he had left, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
Frederico Fellini’s film La Strada opened in 1954 and became a classic. In one unforgettable scene a clown is talking to a young woman. She has grown weary of trying to love unlovable and unloving people, and she wants nothing more to do with them. As the conversation ends and the young woman turns to leave, the clown says to her, “But if you don’t love these people, who will love them?”
The clown’s words to the young woman and Jesus’ words to his disciples invite me to inventory how ready I am to take to heart what thy say.
“To love the world is no big chore. It’s that miserable person next door who is the problem.” ~ Anonymous
Reflection Credits: Fr. Mark Link, SJ; Daly Homilies
Dear Lord, teach me to love the unlovable.
Pray for the people you find difficult to love.
“By reflecting on what we have read, dwelling on it, trying to understand what it is saying to me, what it says today, we open our spirit to what the Lord wants to tell us and teach us.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI
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