Loving the Least

Lenten Reading for March 25, Monday of Holy Week:

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.  Isaiah 42:6-7

There is a sense in which no one can give to God anything which is not already His; and if it is already His what have you given?  But since it is only too obvious that we can withhold ourselves, our wills and hearts, from God, we can in that sense, also give them.  What is His by right and would not exist for a moment if it ceased to be His (as the song is the singer's ), He has nevertheless made ours in such a way that we can freely offer it back to Him.  "Our wills are ours to make Thine." And as all Christians know there is another way to giving to God; every stranger whom we feed or clothe is Christ.

Lord, help me to love you in those I see each day, especially the ones I would rather not love.

A Clean Heart Create in Me: Daily Lenten Reflections from C.S. Lewis, edited by Mark Neilson for Creative Communications for the Parish 2003.


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