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Word of Life - August 2013

Word of Life - August 2013

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This month's WoL by Chiara Lubich is another invitation to live the Gospel in a radical way.
This month's WoL by Chiara Lubich is another invitation to live the Gospel in a radical way.

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Word of Life

August 2013

God’s love is fascinating in its generosity. God gives us the chance to copy it in our lives and find a new and deeply satisfying way of living. ‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.’ (Lk. 6:32)
This month’s Word of Life is taken from Luke’s gospel. It is part of a large section of Jesus’ sayings that corresponds to the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. As we know, in this section Jesus describes the requirements of the kingdom of God and the characteristics of those who belong to it. The source and goal of these requirements is imitating our heavenly Father. In this verse Jesus calls his disciples to imitate God the Father in loving. If we want to be his children, we must love our neighbours in the way he does.

‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.’
The first and most significant characteristic of God the Father’s love is that it is absolutely free. It is totally opposite to the world’s love. The world’s love is based on getting something back and feelings of attraction (we love people who love us and people we like). The Father’s love is completely selfless. He gives himself to the people he has made however they react. It is a love whose nature is to take the initiative, giving all that it has. Consequently, it is a love that builds and transforms. Our heavenly Father does not love us because we are good or spiritually beautiful and so deserve his attention and kindness. On the contrary, by loving us, he himself creates in us the goodness and spiritual beauty of grace, making us his friends and his children.

‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.’
Another characteristic of the love of God the Father is its universality. God loves everyone without distinction. The measure of his love is to have no limit or measure.

aware particularly of the voids we find around us. the only love that can transform the world. reaches several million people worldwide through print. in solidarity with the other.O. Or visit www.com). Indeed. Ever since the Focolare’s beginnings. We’ll make an effort to be the instruments of the open-handedness of God. Chiara Lubich Each month a Scripture passage is offered as a guide and an inspiration for daily living.com. People’s life experiences as they put the monthly sentence into practic e can be found in New City or in books published by New City Press.focolare. and Fax (02) 7142947: E-mail: newcitymanila@gmail. he feels particularly drawn to them. Besides. please write to: New City Magazine P. hospital and so on) we will feel urged to be distributors of this love which belongs to God and which Jesus brought to earth.newcityph.org (international) (First published in February 1992) . work. This monthly leaflet is a supplement to New City. And wherever we are (home. television and the Internet. Like this we’ll try to be the first to love. radio. far from him or rebellious. above all in those characteristics we have emphasized here: its being freely given and universal. the Focolare magazine (www. we will have new eyes and a new heart for every neighbour coming across our path.2. Box 332. sharing with others the gifts of nature and grace we have received from him. his love couldn’t be free and creative if it weren’t completely poured out wherever there is a need or a void to fill. This commentary. This one was originally published in July 1984. Manila Philippines Tel. This is why our heavenly Father also loves those children who are ungrateful. If we let ourselves be guided by this word of Jesus. what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. For information and subscriptions to this leaflet or to the magazine. ‘If you love those who love you. translated into 96 different languages and dialects. every time this chance is offered by our daily life. school. open to all.’ How shall we live the Word of Life this month? We should behave as true children of our heavenly Father. founder Chiara Lubich (1920–2008) wrote her commentaries each month. with a love that is generous. imitating his love. We’ll try to love without looking for results.

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