29 May, 2023
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the greatest example of love, that Christ demonstrated towards us, for while we were still sinners, he died for us and has called us to be members of his Body, the Church, and to love others as He has loved us. Give us the strength and power, to live selfless and fearless lives in accordance with your Holy Will, and to observe your precepts and commands, to your greater praise and glory.
Jesus came to earth, as love incarnate, on a mission to define love, to the greatest extent of dying for us. Through Jesus, we embrace this greater love and allow it to flow through our lives, by His power. This love is a pure, willful, sacrificial love that intentionally desires another’s highest good. Contrary to the way the world loves selfishly, Jesus loved selflessly and taught us, his followers, to emulate the same. This love is almost indescribable, a product of the very character of our God, for you are perfect love and pure holiness.
Lord, change our hearts, sanctifying us daily as we draw closer to you. When we choose to live life within the love of Christ, we are able to accept and receive the gift of your love. Submitting our plans, we instead allow our lives on earth to serve as a conduit to spread the love of Christ to the people he has purposefully placed in our paths. Jesus is the pattern and the power of that love. Through his eternal sacrifice and gift of salvation we approach you in Jesus’ Name. Amen