Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind, and all your strength.” Lately I haven’t been as strong as I feel I should be, and it occurred to me that maybe sometimes “all your strength” doesn’t need to add up to a ton. Everyone is different. What’s simple for you might take tremendous effort for me. Something I don’t struggle with ever may be a daily battle for my brothers and sisters. God still wants us to make that effort.
We worship a God who can feed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. He excels at taking our limited offerings and using them to a greater effect than we could ever have imagined. It’s easy to fall into thinking what we have to offer isn’t good enough for God. It isn’t about being good enough. He doesn’t love us because we deserve it, or earn it. He loves us because love is who He is. We were created from love, by love, and for love. So it is with love that we should offer our small gifts to the Lord.
It might take everything in me to drag myself to Mass on Sunday. I might only resist the temptation to look at pornography one night in ten. These things seem inconsequential, but it’s the daily things God looks for. God loves us always, and we are called to love Him back. It’s in these daily struggles that we say to God “I love you.” Giving everything to Him doesn’t always call for big gestures. Not everyone is called to be a martyr and die for Christ. We are all called to live for Him.
I encourage you, brothers and sisters, to listen to that ever small voice that God likes to reach out to us with. Listen, and He will tell you how best to love Him. It won’t be easy, but the things worth doing seldom are. He doesn’t as for things beyond our capabilities. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Lets use that strength to love Him, and one another.
Until next week, God bless you.