Fruit of the Holy Spirit // Goodness

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen

“She’s the brightness that shines forth from eternal light. She’s a mirror that flawlessly reflects God’s activity. She’s the perfect image of God’s goodness.” Wisdom 7:26

Love is Here

Come to the waters You who thirst and you and l thirst no more. Come to the Father You who work and you and l work no more. And all you who labor in vain and to the broken and shamed Love is here, Love is now, Love is pouring from His hands, and from His brow Love is near it satisfies streams of mercy flowing from His side,Cause Love is here.

Come to the treasure You who search and you & l search no more. Come to the lover You who want and you & l want no more. No and all you who labor in vain And to the broken and shamed, yeah Love is here, Love is now, Love is pouring from His hands, from His brow, Love is near it satisfies.

Streams of Mercy flowing from His side -Tenth Avenue North

The above scripture in my mind describes Mother Mary perfectly! All I see is her image on repeat when I read that verse. She is the perfect model of God’s goodness. Going beyond that for what it means for our lives though, I think it is how God is calling us to be. The other day while praying at Mass I thought about what God’s goodness really means. It means He loves us beyond any sacrifice we can ever imagine because His son made the ultimate sacrifice for us. The crucifix is unconditional love.

I have heard people describe that kind of love as romantic and I never understood that particular thought process, that God’s love can be romantic, but it made sense to me in that moment. Jesus gave up His life for each one of us,even if there were only you, Jesus would’ve died for just you. Isn’t that the be-all end-all kind of love we want?

No love on earth can ever compare to that, although we are called to live up to that kind of love in our daily lives. We are called to reflect that goodness in our daily lives whether it’s with our spouse, kids, immediate or extended family, neighbors, passing stranger, stray animal, school, work, any place or person we go to or meet in all we do!

The next time you receive the Eucharist think about that unconditional love, sacrifice, and goodness and really mean your “Amen”

~When you look in the mirror, the reflection should be Christ. ~ quote by Mr. Williams

Who do you see when you look in the mirror? (hint: the answer is above ;))

To Jesus through Mary-Ally Hynes