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Home Sections The Daily B.R.E.A.D. March 07, 2009 - Saturday Meditation (Liberating Love)
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Thursday, 05 March 2009 19:02
Letting go of someone you love is never easy. But unless you let go, they will never grow into mature adults. Real love liberates. That's what faith teaches and what Christ demonstrated.

Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8

Matthew 5:43-48  "You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' (44) But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (45) so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (46) For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? (47) And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? (48) You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Meditation by Tamora Whitney (Creighton)

Today’s readings are all about commitments and responsibilities. In the first reading and the psalm, the people are told that if they follow God’s commandments, they will be blessed by God. But then in the Gospel reading, we get a new definition of what it means to follow God’s commandments.

It’s easy to love our friends and family. We naturally surround ourselves with people we like and whose company we enjoy. It’s easy to be nice to people who are nice to us. It just makes sense, and it’s human nature. But aren’t we all God’s children? We all share the planet. The sun shines and the rain falls on everyone: the ones we think are good and the ones we might think are bad. What makes someone good or bad? Aren’t we all made in God’s image? And if God loves everyone, and if we want to be more like God, we have to love everyone too.

It’s harder to love people who disagree with us. It’s not easy to be nice to people who are not nice to us. But there’s no reward for the status quo – being nice to people who we already like and who are already nice to us. If we get beyond our comfort zone and make friends with people we don’t think we’ll get along with, we make new friends. And if we make up with people we disagree with, we lose enemies. Those are immediate benefits. Plus, by loving our neighbors and reaching out to our enemies, we gain God’s blessings. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but it has its benefits.

Supplementary Reading

Love that Liberates 

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." – John 3:16

I grew up on a farm in Iowa. Every spring my father would get thousands of baby chicks. He raised them to become laying hens. Then he sold their eggs. Those baby chicks were the softest, cutest little creatures imaginable. But as a young boy my father would frequently have to remind me, "Bob, don't hold them so tight. You'll suffocate them." To which I'd reply, "But I love them so much!"

"If you love them," he would say, "let them go."

I had to be reminded of that when my first child turned eighteen, when my second child graduated from high school…as well as my third, fourth, and fifth.

Letting go of someone you love is never easy. But unless you let go, they will never grow into mature adults. Real love liberates. That's what faith teaches and what Christ demonstrated.

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Is there someone in your life you are having a difficult time letting go of? Take one specific step to loosen your emotional grip and let the one you love go.

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Note: This excerpt was taken from the "Power for Life Daily Devotional"
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.

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