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March 22, 2009: 4th Sunday of Lent

The example of unselfish love that Jesus gives us can move our hearts to respond with love and generosity of our own.

God so loved the world that God sent his only Son, so that everyone who believes in the Son may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)

The one and only reason Jesus came into the world was to give it life. That means that every part of creation including us has life because of Jesus. This is proof of God’s amazing love. The whole of Jesus’ life on earth was to show forth God’s love. Everything he did and said spoke of God’s love. We know God through Jesus. We know what God wants by listening to and watching Jesus. Jesus wanted his life to inspire us to believe in God’s love, and allow God’s love to touch and change us for the better. The example of unselfish love that Jesus gives us can move our hearts to respond with love and generosity of our own.

Action:

Do you have a crucifix in your house, in your bedroom? If not, please get one. You can even make a cross. Pick up a couple twigs outside and tie them together. Put the cross or crucifix where you will look at it daily or more often. Each time say a little prayer; thank God for loving you and for sending Jesus into our world. Then pray that all that you say and do will be Christ-like so that you will inspire those around you to be loving and generous.

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is a general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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