This week’s invitation to reflection and prayer is based on this video homily by Archbishop José Horacio Gómez from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Opening Mass of the 2017 Truth & Love conference in Phoenix, AZ
In his homily, Archbishop Gomez reflects on our baptism in Jesus and how in our baptism God reveals God’s plan for us as children of God. And what is this plan? That God values us as his beloved children. That God wishes to pour down his love on us. That God wants to be with us. But today’s society makes it hard for us to hear God’s plan. Society makes it confusing for us to know who we are as God created us to be. In today’s society we are increasingly becoming strangers to ourselves. In contrast, God simply wants us to know who we are — his own. God wants to be involved in our lives to remind us who we are and who we are to God: we are God’s beloved sons and daughters, and our lives a purpose. The truth is that we are God’s beloved. The love is that God comes to us to share in our humanity so that we can share in God’s divinity. The truth and love is that because we are God’s children, God wants us to have the courage to be with Jesus on the mission to help everyone hear the voice of God saying:
‘you are my beloved child and in you I am well pleased.’
Here are three questions for our reflection and prayer this week:
- How have I experienced God’s love that assures me I am his?
- Do I really know and believe that God loves me as his own and as I am, even if I am struggling with SSA?
- What are the concrete ways I am finding myself invited and ‘used’ by God (in life or in Church) to work alongside Jesus on the Christian mission?
You can access the video here on Facebook:
Opening Mass: 2017 Truth & Love conference
"We are God's beloved sons and daughters. We are God's children now. We are pleasing to almighty God… this is the marvelous meaning of our lives."Archbishop José Horacio Gómez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles addresses participants of the 2017 Truth & Love conference in Phoenix, AZ
Posted by Courage International on Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Words of Encouragement for this week
“Help me in my unbelief’… is the foundation prayer of faith.” | Flannery O’Connor