For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
You are loved. By Jesus, by family, by friends, by strangers….TODAY the world needs love more than ever. In today’s first reading we are reminded that old things pass and this creates space for a fresh start. St. Paul announces that, “whoever is in Christ is a new creation.”
As a teacher, summer brings time for rest and rejuvenation. However, summer also has a tendency to fly by. It’s important to be present to the moment and cherish it. Before we know it, a new school year will arrive.
Today, be mindful of the gifts of summer. Take a stroll in the park. Eat a tasty frozen treat. Smell the fresh produce at your local farmers’ market. Hear the laughter of children playing. Go outside and see your neighbors.
—Kathleen Cullen Ritter serves as Director of Campus Ministry at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee, WI. She attended Marquette University and served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp in Bend, OR.
Never has the world had a greater need for love than in our day. People are hungry for love. We don’t have time to stop and smile at each other. We are all in such a hurry! Pray. Ask for the necessary grace. Pray to be able to understand how much Jesus loved us, so that you can love others.
—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta