Do you consider yourself a partner with God? THis is a question you may well think to ask after reading Lynn L’Heureux’s reflections for Tuesday January 14, 2014
Vincentians/Partners with God – Words and Actions – Longing for Love – Point to Christ
Dear Vincentian Family: We are well into the New Year and I am doing not bad with my determination to be better, especially to my husband, who is truly a Joseph. We have celebrated our Lords Baptism and Christmas is over, liturgically. We must endeavour to keep the positive vibes of Christmas by sharing and loving and being at peace. Pray for each other. Fast from nastiness, gossip and hurtful things and give it up to Jesus. He will journey with you and His love is amazing. You will all be in my prayers.
Vincentian/Partners with God – We have been baptized through the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Some of us made the decision and others had it made for them, usually at birth. We, at that moment were called to serve. We say “yes” to the call and sometimes there are hardships with our work. We are Vincentians and partners with God. We face the hardships together. No one said it would be easy, our calling could be a piece of cake, but more likely than not we will weep when someone loses their health battle, or when someone returns to prison, or abuses drugs. We weep when we are called to help in abusive situations and become determined to make things better. Jobs are lost, finances are gone and hope seems to leave as well. We are Vincentians, partnered with God and weeping with us is our partner. We look to those we serve and see Christ Jesus in each of them; the suffering, wounded, mocked and hurting Christ. We pray and we serve. We try to find solutions and we pray. I know we could not do it without our partner, He is the light, the strength and the hope and we do well because of Him. “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Mt. 3:1l7
Words and Actions – The Lord will bless his people with peace (Ps. 29:11). Our words and actions should portray this blessing. The energy we feel in serving comes from the passion of Christ once again through our baptism. Our energy and drive comes from God through Christ and the Holy Spirit. Faith conquers all. It becomes easy to say the right words and do the right things when we engage in prayer, not just words, but true feelings. We can bring the words with us from Mass and the Eucharist by living them. This is what changes the world, brings peace, hope, joy and certainly love. Our words and actions will change the world, but it will not happen overnight. Stay with it, follow the words and actions of Jesus and know them well, so you may serve others well. In the words of CS Lewis, “We shall draw nearer to God not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in our lives, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armor. If our hearts need to be broken, and if He chooses this as the way in which they should break, so be it.”
Longing for Love – We are chosen by the Father. He loves us and calls us to serve. He is very pleased with us. Those we serve are longing for the same love, we long for. Bring God’s love with you. We have all heard the phrase, “Give until it hurts!” We all know those we serve are hurting and we come to share our love, our food, our friendship and sometimes our money and material goods with them. The most important thing we give is our time – ourselves. We bring the love and share it because God calls us to do so. See those we serve longing for love. Celebrate the love with them and give all you have, do not hold back. Love them and show them the love God has for them. Many around us long for love, it is like being in the desert and having no water and we are dry. Only our thirst is for love and tenderness. Serve those suffering for the lack of love. God loves us unconditionally, regardless of how sinful or holy we are, and then we naturally want to love him with our whole heart, whole soul, and whole mind. And when we love Him that much, we naturally want to unite ourselves to Him in loving all we serve.
Point to Jesus – Everything we do should aim in the direction of Jesus. Leave your temptations behind and go in the direction of service. Let your service point to Jesus. . In the words of Mother Theresa of Calcutta “The devil may try to use the hurts of life, and sometimes our own mistakes to make you feel it is impossible that Jesus really loves you. This is a danger for all of us. And so sad, because it is completely the opposite of what Jesus is really wanting, waiting to tell you. Not only that He loves you, but even more—He longs for you. He loves you always, even when you don’t feel worthy.” If you point to Jesus you are heading in the right direction. You will faulter and you will be forgiven. You are serving Jesus and bringing Him the best you have. Jesus is longing for our service bring Him the love as you serve. The more you give, the more you receive. Always ask, “What would Jesus do?”
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Lynn L’Heureux is Special needs co-coordinator & Advisor of the Society of St Vincent de Paul Calgary Alberta Canada
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