Apostles of Love

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July 6, 2011 by bobet888

But see, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.

Psalm 33

July 6, 2011 Bible Reading and Gospel

Jesus’ parting command to his apostles will be: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). For now, however, he asks his apostles to focus on those closest to home: their countrymen. Before we can launch out to change the world, it’s good to attend to those closest to us: our family and loved ones. God puts us in a particular place, and in a particular family, to help them grow in holiness. This can be a daunting task, since charity demands a special effort in dealing with those we see all the time. Familiarity can breed contempt. If we can love those we live with, loving everyone else will be relatively easy.

Lord, you know that family members can be the most trying people. After all, even your own relatives thought you were out of your mind (cf. Mark 3:21). What I need to remember is that other people probably find me difficult to get along with, too. All of us know one another’s faults very well. Help me to see and encourage the good points in others. Let me be your apostle of love at home.

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by Father Edward McIlmail, LC | Source: Catholic.net
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