Do Every Act in Love
Do you always do acts of kindness, even in the most chaotic and stressful circumstances? If you're under a lot of pressure at work, and you come home and nobody has helped you with the chores, do you snap at your loved ones. Or instead, do you take a breath, calmly ask for help, and keep a good, positive attitude, even though you're stressed and worn to the bone? For me, I find one if the most difficult situations to react in a loving manner in definitely on the road. Driving to and from classes each to total three hours of driving can be difficult, especially when you have a lead foot like me. However, even in these moments of critiquing other drivers and having a temper, we have the choice to let things go, and react in a loving manner. Instead of thinking negatively, one can switch mind sets, and start to pray. I find, especially in the winter when it takes longer to get anywhere, turning the radio off and starting a prayer will make my spirits feel lifted, and is much more effective than wasting time being frustrated in situations you can't control. Where is God calling you to change your attitude to be more loving?
Today's Gospel states:'Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come here." And he said to them, "Is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out, and immediately held counsel with the Hero'di-ans against him, how to destroy him' (Mark 3:1-6).
Today's reading talks about the importance of always doing good acts out of love, no matter the time or circumstance. Whether you're onthe road in a traffic jam, spending time with family, or at the Church, we are called to love. This doesn't mean compartmentalizing, only acting as a loving disciple in some areas and not others (which many of us do). We need to take steps towards showing the world what it means to be a part of God's family first and foremost, through how we show love. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you always react in a loving manner.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me what it means to love, through giving Your Son for the world. Help me to change my attitude, and always react in a loving manner especially when I find it most challenging.
I pray in Your most holyname, Amen.