Jim Kempa's ADHD Thoughts

Roadmap to love

Reflection:

Today’s first reading from Paul provides a roadmap to love. Something that everyone talks about but very few can clearly define. So to share in Christ’s divine nature and escape e the corruption of evil desire we must reflect on the roadmap to love provided by Peter: supplement your faith with virtue (prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude), virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection,  and mutual affection with love

Reading (2 Peter 1 1-7):

Symeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of equal value to ours through the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ: may grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature, after escaping from the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love.

May 31, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Pope JP II’s Speech

Attached is the link from John  Paul II’s Speech for the World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_27051998_movements-speech-hf_en.html

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Intensity

Reflection:

Today’s first reading and gospel passage mesh together well to define and exemplify intense love. In the first reading, St Peter is exhorting the people to remain serious and vigilant at all times so we will be able to pray when the time calls for it. Our prayer must lead to action which is defined as an intense love for each other based on the varied graces of God we have received. Jesus exemplifies this serious and intense love in the gospel today when He overturns the tables of the money change to purify the temple so it keeps true to its mission or purpose of being a house of prayer. If Jesus were “nice” rather than loving He would’ve simply asked them to take down their advertisements and if they said no He would’ve conceded to their refusal. Instead, He makes it perfectly clear to everyone present regarding what the purpose/mission of the temple is and that commerce had committed the offense to defile the temple.  Therefore let us prayer for a greater intensity of spirit to do the work of loving God above all and loving our neighbor as ourselves rather than simply being “nice.”

Reading (1 Peter 4: 7 – 13):

Beloved: The end of all things is at hand. Therefore be serious and sober-minded so that you will be able to pray. Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen.

Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you. But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly.

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment