We must be of service for God's sake, not for ours. It can be easy to think too much about ourselves and our own spiritual growth. We want to know where we are going and what will become of us, to know what progress we are making and what's going to happen to us. We are impatient to get on and worry about this often getting caught up in self-love, anxiety and anger. This can cause us to go backwards instead of forward, losing sight of where we were going in the first place. The answer is to abandon ourselves completely to God's will and His eternal purposes (M.A.P. 75).
The last couple of years have been challenging due to the pandemic but also due to climate change and other terrible things happening in the world around us. As we live through these times it is easy to become absorbed with how each situation affects us as individuals, as families, as communities and as nations, but we are all part of God's wonderful creation and He wants us to love each other as He loves us; to learn to accept each other's differences as well as our similarities as part of His creation.
Love is at the centre of family life and God's love for us all as members of His family is unending, as is His forgiveness if we are truly repentent. Let us pray for healing, love and a greater understanding of the world in which we live, the need to care for each other and for our planet.
Reflection : Glory be to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to God from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen (Eph. 3: 14-21).
Reflection : Nothing but God, all for God, God alone. My God nothing else but only You (Letter 30).