We had another meeting yesterday to discuss Love of God. Interestingly enough, I found there was not much more to say than to review what we shared at our last meeting. Love of God must come before all things, so I simply tried to reiterate that point.
All of us love God above all things. That is one of the beautiful things that unites us as Little Flowers, as ARCHAngels, as Catholics. Our hearts know His love for us and want to repay His love.
Christ is our light and shows us the way to real love. The candle in the center represents that light.
But, sometimes, our actions, the things we do and say each day, do not fit with our hearts desires. We are tempted and fall short of acting like we love God above all things.
Close your eyes. Reflect on how you choose to show your love for God and how you sometimes forget about Him or turn away from loving Him.
If you have ever missed saying your morning prayers, lower your head.
If you have ever forgotten to say bedtime prayers, drop your right arm.
If you have ever complained about going to Holy Mass, drop your left arm.
If you have ever thought of things having nothing to do with God during Holy Mass, turn around.
If you have ever neglected to say a grace before meals, like when at a restaurant or picnic, take a large step forward.
If you have ever gone a week without reading any Bible stories or passages, take a large step forward.
If you have ever refused to participate in family prayers out loud, take a large step forward.
Open your eyes. When we neglect to put God first, not only do we stray from His love, we separate ourselves from others. We are alone, without God and without one another.
Our Lord, however, is always forgiving. He forgives our failings and invites us to return to Him, step by step.
If you have ever prayed aloud with your family, turn around.
If you have ever read a Bible story or passage, take a large step forward.
If you have ever said grace before meals, take a large step forward.
If you have ever thought of God during Holy Mass, take a large step forward.
If you have ever willingly gone to Mass without complaint, put your left arm around your sister in Christ.
If you have ever said bedtime prayers, put your right arm around your sister in Christ.
If you have ever said morning prayers, raise your head.
The Lord longs for us to be united, loving Him and loving one another as He loves us. No matter how far we stray from Christ, we can always return to Him.
The choices we make each day are choices that determine whether we demonstrate our love for Him, moving closer to Christ and one another or we walk away from God. Follow the light of His love.