This is the good news shared with the Holy Cross students this morning:
Reflection Song and Lyrics-“Lay It Down” Matt Maher
Good Morning Holy Cross! Please stand as we begin with this morning’s reflection and prayer.
Yesterday’s gospel from John struck me as the most simple message Jesus could have ever given to us. Jesus gives us one commandment: love one another. There it is. There is no need for multiple tabs and reference books. No need for strategy sessions. Or perhaps there is a need for a certain kind of strategy which is to be ever aware of God’s love for us so we can love one another. Such a simple and such a demanding commandment. Jesus goes on to say that having love for one another is how he will know who his disciples are. We all as disciples need to be reminded of the Lord’s commandment: love one another as I have loved you. Listening for and appreciating the love of God allows us to live the commandment to love others.
Today I am called to appreciate God’s love for me and in that appreciation show love to others in simple and meaningful ways. A challenge I continually face is to stay in the present and meet others where they are. How can I really hear what someone is trying to say? How can I show patience for someone who is getting in the way of my goal? How can I help someone feel the ever present love of God? Sometimes showing love for another is so easy to do and sometimes it is the last thing I want to do. Being guided by the Lord’s commandment to love one another as I have loved you is the simplest yet profound thing we can do with our lives.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord we praise you for your glory and majesty. Forgive us when we think loving someone is just saying it or feeling it—and we refuse to the hard things love requires. Lord, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to show us what real love is. Give us courage and strength to lay down our lives for other people, to put others ahead of ourselves and to truly live out Christian love. We ask all this through Jesus, our brother and our friend. Amen.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Please join me in honoring our country with the Pledge of Allegiance.
At this time all students must remain standing as teachers issue this morning’s dress code check.