Angela Marinelli, C '17


"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets."
Matthew 7:12


"He is the Life that I want to live. He is the Light that I want to radiate. He is the Way to the Father. He is the Love with which I want to love. He is the Joy I want to share. He is the Peace I want to sow. Jesus is Everything to me. Without Him, I can do nothing." This is a quote from Mother Teresa, whose life was an amazing example of living in selfless love. Focused on God, she trusted fully in Him and had faith that He was all she needed.


The readings for today describe how to love your neighbor, but they also focus greatly on trusting in God. Trust in God allows us to put our desires aside in the faith that He is all we need, allowing us to focus on living our lives for others. To live in selfless love is to let God's love inspire our actions in putting others before ourselves without the expectation of praise or anything in return. As Mother Teresa said, "He is the Life that I want to live…He is the Love with which I want to Live…Jesus is everything to me…" Jesus' Life and God's Love is all we need. It is also our inspiration for living a life for others. Trust in God is essential in following His will for us to live in selfless love, for "When I called, you answered me; you built up strength within me." Mother Teresa is an amazing example of someone who was able to love others selflessly because she realized the way in which God loved her and emulated Him in her actions. How is it that we are able to live a life for others? Through God's love and Jesus' life united, we find the perfect model for how to live in love of our neighbor.


Dear Jesus, please bless me with the grace to trust in Your will for me. Help me to have faith in You always and to live a life focused on selfless love, emulating Your love for me to everyone I encounter. Thank You for loving me so unconditionally. Amen.

Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25, Ps 138:1-3, 7-8, Mt 7:7-12