Compassion for another awakens your true self.
(Listen to my song “Pour Me Out” on YouTube by clicking HERE)
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
When you love someone…there is nothing you wouldn’t do for them…including laying down your life.
When my mom was in the hospital a number of years ago recovering from appendicitis…I’ll never forget what I heard my father say as he, my brother, and I were walking to the parking lot at night after a visit.
My dad said to himself very softly under his breath, “I’d give anything to trade places with her.”
I know he didn’t think I could hear him…but I’m glad I did.
What an example of love poured out.
Jesus showed us what love poured out looks like in a most dramatic way.
He told us that love is the most important thing at all times…even when persecuted.
Remember Jesus also told us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). (Everyone ignores that one.)
So he gave us the most extreme example of what pure love poured out looked like as he stood up for the oppressed knowing it would lead to crucifixion…and then forgave his killers.
This is the kind of love that you and I are called to emulate.
Do not fear…love cannot be defeated.
As St. Paul put it: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
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Remember…God loves you!