Monday 4th May – Monday of the 5th week of Eastertide
Reflection: John 14:21-26
HOW DO I LOVE GOD?
Our catechism teaches us that God created us to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world and be happy with Him eternally; also, when asked about the greatest commandment, Jesus replied: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…” (Mt 22:27). Hence the injunction to love God is central to our Christian faith. We often ask ourselves: how do I love God? In what ways can I fulfill the command to love God?
Jesus tells us exactly what loving God means: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:21). Hence we must constantly ask ourselves: Am I living in obedience to God? Dear friend, it is very easy for us to disobey God in the way we think, speak and act each day; indeed it takes deliberate efforts to please God rather than behave the way the society wires us to. Yet, our love for God demands that we obey Him in all things and love our fellow men sacrificially just as He has loved us. (John 13:34-35).
Take some moments to examine yourself today. Do you truly love God? Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see the areas of your life in which you may not be living in obedience to God. And ask for His mercy and the grace to love God sincerely and faithfully.
PRAYER: Dear God, I ask for the grace of a genuine love for you and my fellow men. Please help me to obey you always. Amen.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Those who love me will obey my teaching. My father will love them, and my father and I will come to them and live them” John 14:23 GNB
Today’s Readings: Acts 14: 5-18; Psalm 114: 1-4, 15-16; John 14: 21-26