Wednesday 15th April – Wednesday of the 2nd week of Eastertide
Reflection: John 3: 16-21
LOVE IS SACRIFICIAL
There is truth in the saying: “we can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.” How much of ourselves we are willing to part with is one of the cardinal tests of the depth of our love.
Today’s gospel reading shows the depth of God the Father’s love for us His creatures: “…God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not be lost but may have eternal life.”
Dear friend, we all claim to love God and our neighbor but how truly sacrificial is our love? Do we simply profess to love God because we need Him to answer our prayers? How much of our treasure can we freely give to His service? Genuine love is not self seeking.
As we go about our activities this day, let us keep in mind that there will be times when love will place demands on us. Occasions will arise when we need to jettison our own interest in other to meet the needs of others. At those times, let us not fail the test of love; let us exercise the needed sacrifice. This is an important proof of our discipleship.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, please grant me the grace to pay the needed sacrifice that my love for You and my neighbour demands from me. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2447 – The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting, are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently…giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.
HIDE A TREASURE: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” 1 John 3: 16-17 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Acts 5: 17-26; Psalm 34: 2-9; John 3: 16-21