Monday, February 25, 2013

Called to Serve through the Power of Love

by M. J. Joachim

The answer is love. People are hurting – broken, all around us. Everywhere we look, people are clinging to hope with no guarantees. Upon closer inspection of our own lives, it is easy to see the etched lines, where breakage threatens to surface, shattering our worlds. Yes, we too are hurting, but not so much that we can’t do our part to ease the pain of others.

Yet I am still drawn to love through so many sources. My recent choice of books brings me back to the basic, necessary concept, of love. My husband and I are watching Cadfael on the television these days. Again, love seems to be the overriding theme. Helping others more than ourselves, living without reservation for our fellow man. Being fair in our judgment and discernment and offering comfort to everyone – be it through a kind word, open heart or willing service, ever attentive to their needs.

What gains a man to conquer other men, empty and devoid of feeling for their plight? How do such men survive, willing and inflicting suffering on others? For it is not glory or gratitude they receive from men, but rather contempt and blatant disregard. Emotions run high, until they are numbed to the point of no return – at which time they no longer cast against their own soul. For they have fought the enemy and survived.

Yes, it is trial and tribulation while we live – often at the hands of those with little to no respect for human life. We stagger and fall under their oppression. We get back up again with wobbly knees and stand tall, turning our backs on their cruelty and misplaced power – for no man dominates another, except by the power of God.

Once again, love is the answer. For it is the power of God that allowed Herod’s false power to be one tool utilized for our salvation through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord. It was man’s cruel response to the only thing that ever should have mattered, and God’s ultimate gift that made everything okay, despite the misguided ingratitude of men.

Thank you for visiting Being Catholic.
Until next time, I wish you every good thing.

M. J.

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