Thought of the Day August 24, 2016

By 10:04 AM

"Often we are preoccupied with the question "How can we be witnesses in the Name of Jesus? What are we supposed to say or do to make people accept the love that God offers them?" These questions are expressions more of our fear than of our love. Jesus shows us the way of being witnesses. He was so full of God's love, so connected with God's will, so burning with zeal for God's Kingdom, that he couldn't do other than witness. Wherever he went and whomever he met, a power went out from him that healed everyone who touched him. (See Luke 6:19.) If we want to be witnesses like Jesus, our only concern should be to be as alive with the love of God as Jesus was." (Henri Nowen) What is the witness of people like Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. John Paul II, Pope Francis? Their genuine love for people as they go out of themselves for the other. Love is the greatest and most effective way to witness the person and message of Jesus. This was confirmed by Jesus when he said: "They will know that you are my disciples by the love you show to others." We have been loved beyond measure by God. Now, we are called to respond by showing similar love to others. This was the love that converted the pagan Roman world. This is the love that can have the same effect today, if we but so witness.  By grace, this can be done.

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