April 9

Reflection

To be absorbed in one’s own safety, needs and comfort while others suffer is selfish and self-absorbed. To be a Christian is to be reflective of the love of Christ. Jesus made it clear that his followers were to be compassionate and inclusive. Artificial focus on differences, feelings of superiority, and unwillingness to open ourselves to the equality and human needs of others is a rejection not only of them but also of Jesus. All were part of his community; no one was left outside his circle. Race, gender, economic status, degree of public power, were all irrelevant.  As he was conscious of and impartial in reacting to the needs of others, so are his followers expected to be.

Prayer

God give me the grace to live as a true follower of Jesus.

Action

Where am I deserving of the admonition of Jesus?  Where do I reject him in others?  What needs to change in me?

Suggested Reading

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in, naked and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me. I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you)to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.
Matthew 25:35-4

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
St. Francis of Assisi

Take the words of Jesus and let them become the Supreme Court of the Gospel to you.
John G. Lake

The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.
Blaise Pascal

We must assess our thoughts and beliefs and reckon whether they are moving us closer to conformity to Christ or farther away from it.
John Ortberg

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
Saint Augustine

The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘Christians’ will become disciples – students, apprentices, practitioners – of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom into every corner of human existence.
Dallas Willard

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