Word of Life. June 2010. " Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it " (Mt 10,39). On reading these words of Jesus, two kinds of life stand out: earthly life, which is built in this world,
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and those who lose their life for my sake will find it "(Mt 10,39)
two kinds of life
which is builtin this world,
and supernatural life, which is given by God through Jesus
and is a life that
does not end with death and which no one
can take from us.
we can have. One is to be attached to earthly life, consideringit our only ‘good’. This leads us to think only of ourselves,
our own issues, the things of this world. We close ourselves
in our shell, affirming only our ego, finding at the end of it all, inevitably, only death.
like every Christian,
have to be ready,
in order to follow
the Masterand stay faithfulto the Gospel,
to lose our lives,dying,if needs be,
even a violent death.
by God’s grace,
we will be given true life.
Today he says:
and those who lose their life for my sake will find it ”.
But Jesus does not only see urging us to be ready to lose our life as an invitation to accept martyrdom.
It is a key law of the Christian life.
If we want to betrue Christianswe must make Christthe centreof our existence.And what does Christ want from us?
Love for others.
This attitude of not living for oneself certainly is not a matter, as some might think, of giving in to things and being passive. .
and those who lose their life for my sake will find it ".
we can experience that
in giving ourselves,
in love lived out,
life grows in us.
When we spend our day at the service of others, when we transformour work,which may be dulland hard,
into an expressionof love,we will havethe joy of beingmore fulfilled.
He will say to those on his right: ‘Come, you that are blessed …for I was hungry and you gave me food … I was a strangerand you welcomed me, was naked and you gave me clothing ...’
To make us sharers of the existence that does not pass away, he will only look to see whether we have loved our neighbours,and he will consider as done to himselfwhatever we have done to them.
the other people at work, in our political party,in our moments of leisure, and so on.
Let’s do good to all.
Love is what counts.
will lose it,
and those who lose
their life for my sake
will find it " (Mt 10,39)
“Word of Life”, monthly publication of the Focolare Movement.
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