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April 12, 2018

John 3:31-36

The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true.

He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Love is above all

Today we are reminded in the Gospel that the one who comes from above is above all and that God is trustworthy. As I reflect on this passage I recall that God is love and Jesus was the perfect expression of love in our world. He consistently taught about love and he consistently demonstrated love. If God is love and God is above all then Love is above all. There is no condition that the power of God’s love cannot heal. As I reflect on my day I reflect on those areas that need more love; those I need to forgive, those I disagree with, those that annoy me.

Can I trust today that God’s love is above all? Can I love those who I find unlovable? Can I be humble today and take a loving action toward a person that I find challenging?

—Lee Hubbell is the director of the LU-CHOICE and JVC Magis programs, and the director of ministry of the First Studies program, all at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

You accept us–at times of self-doubt
Thank you, God of all,
Co-creator of our world,
For allowing us to be imperfectly made:
Because it makes us, if we are wise, forgiving.

Do you accept us as we are?
We condemn people too quickly:
We judge them for flawed thinking, disguised egotism,
Unworthy acquisitiveness, or skewed opinions.

But we can forgive them once we accept our own shadow,
And realize how well we ourselves fit
Into the ranks of a less than perfect human race.

You, Holy God, accept each of us,
Prophets tell us, just as we are:
Provided our moral judgments of others
Are reciprocally generous and compassionate.

Imperfection fits this evolving reality,
For the universe thrives on diversity,
Including random failure,
One of the very preconditions for the unfolding advances.

May it be so.

—William Cleary

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!

St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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April 12, 2018

John 3:31-36

The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true.

He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Love is above all

Today we are reminded in the Gospel that the one who comes from above is above all and that God is trustworthy. As I reflect on this passage I recall that God is love and Jesus was the perfect expression of love in our world. He consistently taught about love and he consistently demonstrated love. If God is love and God is above all then Love is above all. There is no condition that the power of God’s love cannot heal. As I reflect on my day I reflect on those areas that need more love; those I need to forgive, those I disagree with, those that annoy me.

Can I trust today that God’s love is above all? Can I love those who I find unlovable? Can I be humble today and take a loving action toward a person that I find challenging?

—Lee Hubbell is the director of the LU-CHOICE and JVC Magis programs, and the director of ministry of the First Studies program, all at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

You accept us–at times of self-doubt
Thank you, God of all,
Co-creator of our world,
For allowing us to be imperfectly made:
Because it makes us, if we are wise, forgiving.

Do you accept us as we are?
We condemn people too quickly:
We judge them for flawed thinking, disguised egotism,
Unworthy acquisitiveness, or skewed opinions.

But we can forgive them once we accept our own shadow,
And realize how well we ourselves fit
Into the ranks of a less than perfect human race.

You, Holy God, accept each of us,
Prophets tell us, just as we are:
Provided our moral judgments of others
Are reciprocally generous and compassionate.

Imperfection fits this evolving reality,
For the universe thrives on diversity,
Including random failure,
One of the very preconditions for the unfolding advances.

May it be so.

—William Cleary

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!