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January 23

FOCUS:  Come dance before the Lord with abandon.


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Jesus teaches us an important lesson in today’s Gospel. With a large crowd preventing his relatives access to Him, Jesus pointed to a higher reality of relationships, namely our relationship with God and with those who belong to God.

The essence of being a Christian is not acceptance and obedience to the precepts and doctrines of the Church. Rather, being a Christian is first and foremost a relationship in which we are bound to God and each other in mutual love and unity. While our human relationships, even within families, can be broken due to selfish desires and expectations, Jesus offers us a loving union of heart, mind and spirit with Himself, the very source of love.

God's love never fails, never forgets, never compromises, never lies, never lets us down nor disappoints us.  His love is consistent, unwavering, unconditional, and unstoppable.  We may choose to separate ourselves from him, but nothing will make him ignore us, leave us, or treat us unkindly.  He will pursue us, love us, and call us to return to him no matter what might stand in the way.  It is his nature to love.

When we accept and seek, as the center of our life, the loving relationship Jesus offers us, we experience a relationship marked by trust, affection, commitment, loyalty, faithfulness, kindness, thoughtfulness, compassion, mercy, helpfulness, encouragement, and support. We are then able to offer these same traits to others, enabling them to experience the love of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit within us.

Jesus offered up his life on the cross for our sake, so that we could be forgiven and restored to unity and friendship with God.  It is through Jesus that we become the adopted children of God - his own sons and daughters.  That is why Jesus told his disciples that they would have many new friends and family relationships in his kingdom.  Whoever does the will of God is a friend of God and a member of his family - his sons and daughters who have been ransomed by the precious blood of Christ.

The joy of being sons and daughters of God the Father is available to us today, for our benefit in this life as well for eternity in the next life. Let’s spend each day deepening our relationship with our Lord.

Today’s Question for Prayer and Reflection

How can you deepen your relationship with the God who is Love today?

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