Brian Vogelgesang, C ‘16


Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples"
John 8:31


While reading this passage from the Gospel of St. John the message, “love me (Jesus)” kept reoccurring to me. It is by Jesus we are set free from the bondage of sin and it is this Christ-like love that sin is destroyed. But one of the biggest struggles I find in life is loving everyone as Christ calls us to. This is one of the hardest things for me to do. Some-one once said to me the only way to learn to love is to embrace the ones who are the hardest for you to love. We can see this in the example of Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She embraced the people who are looked down upon by society and finds Jesus in them. We must always find a way, through God’s Grace to love because by this we come outside of ourselves and are set free from pride, the root of all sin. I find myself pondering the mysteries of the sacraments? Yes, they are the way that we receive God’s graces but if we only keep these graces to ourselves then our faith is dead along with our ability to love.


So through this Lenten season, offer to God a brief moment to ponder how you view and use the sacraments to love the least among you. Do you find yourself adventuring outside of the Chapel to act in a Christ-like way? Do you cherish the gifts of the sacraments by pouring out God’s love to others, no matter what they do or say? We should always live in Christ, and love as Christ as if He is in front of us, for we could be entertaining angels in disguise.


God, I offer myself to You to build with me and to do with me as You Will. Relieve me of the bondage of myself so I may better do Your Will. Strengthen me in my difficulties to bear witness to those I would help, of Your Power, Your Love, and Your Way of Life. May I do Your Will always. Amen.

Dn 3: 14-20, 91-92, 95, Dn 3: 52:-56; Jn 8:31-42