“None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord.” Some might agree with the assertion that a relationship is like a job. You have to work hard to get in it and you have to work even harder to stay in it. Whether or not that aligns with your own experiences with friends and family, one thing is for sure. Love does require work and some days are easier than others. Frustration and disappointment then makes it easier and easier to become judgmental and crass with those around us which is why we need to remember how much the Lord loves us into being and that forgiveness abounds. Today the Scriptures seem to underscore that perception. “Why then do you judge your brother or sister?” We could even go a little further: the depth and quality of our human relationships have much in common and directly correspond with our relationship with God and He with us.
“In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” We all know how it feels when something is going wrong in a friendship, relationship or even with a close relative. Nobody is happy and nobody wins. The days looks grim and dark. But imagine how wonderful it feels when we make amends, ask forgiveness and restore things back to even a better level of love and respect. “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.” and “Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.” That’s right, rejoice, we have our friend back. Peace has been restored and it is beautiful is it all comes from the Lord to whom we called. Let us do that today: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord.”
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” Albert Schweitzer