Prayer of the Day

First Week of Lent

February 15th, 2016
"In so far as you did this to one of the least of my brothers and sisters you did it to me." Matthew 25 : 31
Come back to me

Jesus teaches us a very important lesson about loving our neighbour and taking responsibility for others.  God is gracious and merciful; his love compels us to treat others with mercy and kindness. In fact, this is one of the last things Jesus says to his followers before he’s nailed to the cross in the Gospel of Matthew. What Jesus is doing here, at the end point of his earthly ministry, is making it very clear to people who claimed to be his disciples and supporters that “you’re either with him, or you aren’t.”  Jesus is talking about a manner of living here, and it’s one that isn’t motivated out of the fear of Hell or the hope of heaven, but a life that’s driven by an authentic love.  Being sheep of the shepherd is about following our shepherd’s lead, and loving others as he has loved us and given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2)

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, be the Master and Ruler of my heart. May your love rule in my heart that I may only think and act with charity towards all. Amen