415. In thanksgiving
May we transport Jesus like in vases of great price, the price of salvation for oneself and for everyone:
“Whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him.” 1 John, chapter 2, verse 5
He who keeps the reality of Christ in him receives the Love of God in its perfection. May the Love of God overflow us to invade all the people we meet. Let’s be children of light, life, of the way and the truth.
Let’s live in thanksgiving. Let’s offer our heart and body to Jesus to cover them with his Love so that it may be reflected in us and on all.
Let’s become skilled in fighting, without violence, for the faith. May Mary and Joseph be examples of life for us, since they have remained close to Jesus by offering the gift of their lives.
Paul says to the Romans and to us:
“I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek.” Romans, chapter 1, verse 16
The four key words in this sentence are: “To serve the gospel (French version)”. To receive the service of Jesus and his Word, his Verb.
We have here the first step to begin to know Jesus Christ, and then to make him known. Paul seems to go beyond reading the gospel, since he speaks of the service of the gospel. The gospel, the good news is all about service.
When we share the gospel or prayer, even though it’s in the kitchen, the Lord will pass. Even if it’s sitting in the stands during a sports game, the Lord passes.
We understand that we can share the Word, live evangelizing gestures, but the summit is to live accordingly to the Word, and the Lord will pass. Jesus is simply asking us to enter into intense communion with his Word and he will do the rest. To share one’s Word has the effect of increasing happiness a hundredfold. But all too often, we seek our happiness rather than receive it from Jesus. We seek to transmit our word instead of his.
If we let the Word act powerfully in our heart, it will be transmitted with power, through gentleness and respect, to other people. This is evangelization. Let’s live a deeper conversion, listening to Jesus in our heart.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Here, where we are, Normand Thomas