To live an authentic life, it is important to seek to understand ourselves. Sometimes we act in ways where our actions are not always what they seem, even to us. Sometimes we do one thing, but the reason for doing the one thing is for something other motive or reason. For example, we might act nicely toward someone, but we may only do so to get something we want. Motivations arise from deep in the heart. And we always need to be asking God to help us to be honest, especially with ourselves.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.” Today’s second reading tells us how important it is to love. Our relationship with God began out of love, as God first loved us. And we are reminded today of importance of the sharing of love. For when God creates, it is a sign to us of his powerful love. Love must be shared. It is against the very nature of God to be selfish, to keep love to himself. This is why he creates. Because when he does so, love is shared.
You probably have seen the picture to the left somewhere and wondered about how this could possibly be helpful in teaching Math. At some point in the future, I am hoping to write something coherent about the Common Core, both from the point of view of its strengths and its weaknesses. (It has both.) The […]
Readings for Today Christianity is not for wimps. When I taught high school students I often introduced the year with this phrase. What I was trying to impress upon the students was that while God loved them, it was not to mean that nothing is required of us. Too often I found that while they […]
Readings for Today Are you a joyful Christian? Today’s response to the psalm we said, “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.” So, the question is, do we all cry out to God with joy? Or are we gloomy, or angry, focusing on the negative in our world, forgetting the powerful presence of […]
Readings for Today Poor Jeremiah. Things are really going badly for him. Modern psychologists might suggest he is depressed. His life is simply not turning out like he intended. Perhaps he thought that when he accepted the call of God everything would be very easy. Say yes to God and become a hero lauded by […]