#MyMassTakeaway: Called to Love

Today’s the 6th Sunday in Easter.

Find the Mass Readings here: 6th Sunday in Easter, May 6, 2018

My takeaway:

 

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Our society has a skewed version of love, which places the individual’s feelings ahead of everyone else’s. Accordingly, we are encouraged at a young age, “If you don’t feel happy, then ditch the [person, activity, etc.].” We base so much on how we *feel* and what we feel. . . And yet, today, we are reminded of Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. For love. For love of us. He didn’t feel good during His Passion; He felt pain and sadness. And yet, He still picked up His cross – carried it, and died on it, for love. For love of us. . . No matter if we are called to religious life, consecrated life, or married life, we are called to love in our vocation. And, that requires sacrifice at times. It requires us to put aside our individual desires, wishes, and feelings – to focus on the desires, wishes, and feelings of another. There is a component of self-sacrifice which comes into play – no matter the life we are called to live. . . It’s borne out through the perseverance, dedication, and commitment to another person – or, persons. While we aren’t called to give our life for another (usually) in the same fashion Christ did for us, we are called to take cue from Him – and, allow our actions to be guided by His shining light and example. . . So, this week, join me in focusing on bringing a little more love to those around you – whether it’s biting your tongue instead of retorting, or keeping your composure through a sleep-deprived fog, making a nice meal for your family, or even simply holding a door for a stranger behind you. Bring the love to the forefront of your actions. You will be better for it – and, the world will be a little brighter, too. . . Ask Christ to guide you this week to bring love to everything you do – love for others, and love for Him. Pray for an increase in love/charity. . . #mysundaybest w/ @rosiehill425 #mymasstakeaway w/ @tojesussincerely #casual #casualstyle #iworejeanstochurch #love #charity #faith #catholicsonline #catholicsofinstagram #catholiclife #catholicmom #loveyourfamily #havepatience #sleepdeprived #lovedespiteexhaustion

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“Love one another as I have loved you.” Today’s Gospel reminds me of how much room I have to grow in loving others – especially my family – as God loves me. #mymasstakeaway When my children look at me, they should see a resemblance to the face of Christ. The way I treat them should remind them of the Heavenly Father’s love and care for them. The more I become like Jesus, the more my children benefit from effective, transformative parenting. But it’s not always easy to be so Christ-like as a parent. I remember one particularly trying day with my three-year-old. My patience was dwindling, and as the minutes passed, I’m certain that my struggle to maintain a peaceful demeanor was becoming more noticeable to him. In the midst of my frustration, I thought about how the Heavenly Father is so patient with me. I am often so slow-to-learn, so unlike the person He made me to be (and not to mention much more culpably so), and yet He never fails to be patient with me in the process of learning how to be my best self. I was reminded that this is how I’m called to love and parent my son, too. When sinfulness gets in the way of my parenting, I become painfully aware of my littleness in carrying out this magnificent task of mirroring Christ’s life and love to my children. That’s when I turn to some basic, yet powerful Christ-like parenting strategies to be reminded of the simple steps I need to take to be a better parent to the beautiful children God has lent to me. http://katiewarner.com/writing/3-christ-like-parenting-strategies.html

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I want to know your Mass Takeaway too! Comment with your thoughts on the readings, your pastor’s homily, or anything that struck you during your time at Mass.

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