New Testament Challenge – April 21

April 21 – Luke 14:1-24 – “Blessed will you be because of their inability to repay you” (Lk 14:14)

Love, by its very nature, is given freely and sets the recipients free. It means that when I love someone, it must be done freely, without expecting anything in return. Anything! Which means I must also expect a refusal. And everything is a response to love. What really destroys love is not a rejection, but indifference.

As a disciple of Jesus, I must do as the Master does. He loved the whole world, and so must I. All those I encounter throughout the day are people who are loved by God in the same way He loves me. I must love as He does, expecting nothing in return. I must check my actions, then. Whenever I greet someone, I do it without expecting anything in return. When I send a card or a gift, I will not keep score and remember who sent one back and who didn’t. Love sets me free and sets the other free as well. Reciprocal love supports reciprocal freedom. It’s the core of the civilization of love.

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