Jan. 3, 2022
This is a direct quote from the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible – New Testament: 3:16 – lay down our lives: The supreme expression of love according to Jesus (Jn 15:13). Some are called to a dying martyrdom, which consists of the total surrender of human life in a generous act of love and fidelity to the faith. Everyone, however, is called to a living martyrdom, which involves a lifetime of sacrifice for the love and benefit of others. John’s plea to help the needy with tangible assistance is one such way of giving ourselves to others.
Other ways we can give of ourselves can be time – spending time with someone who may be widowed or is ill in some manner. Perhaps offering to babysit the children of a harried and exhausted mother. Stopping by the neighbor’s house and offering to pick up groceries for them while you’re in the store. These are demands on your time; these are sacrifices – do them with a happy heart. The world moves so fast – except for folks for whom it doesn’t. Imagine the reward of spending time with folks, doing little favors, helping to put some small things right; they say we’ll get our reward in heaven but I think we get our joy immediately. Doing good things for others puts a smile on our faces and a zip in our hip. Do yourself a favor and do a favor for someone else. Jesus is so smart!