TODAY'S THEME:  Perfect Love
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   Published 3-13-07
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Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of
Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who had
anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet
with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.

So the sisters sent word to him, saying,
"Master, the one you love is ill."

John 11: 1-3
New American Bible


The phrase the friend of Lazarus used is worth noting.
When he told Jesus of the illness, he said, "Lord, the
one you love is sick." He didn't base his appeal on the
imperfect love of the one in need but on the perfect love
of the Savior. He didn't say, "The one who loves you is sick."
He said "The one you love is sick." The power of prayer, in
other words, does not depend on the one who makes the
prayer, but on the one who hears the prayer...The Savior
hears the prayer. He silences heaven so he won't miss a word.

Excerpted from "For These Tough Times,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2006

Our God is not patiently standing by and waiting for us to offer
love; He is actively and vigorously pursuing us...He is the father
running down the trail to embrace the prodigal son even before
the boy can speak his act of contrition. He is the mad farmer
showering a full day's wage on men who hadn't even worked.
He is Jesus forgiving the sinful woman even before she spoke
her sorrow. He is the king lavishing a banquet on beggars.
These are all symbols of a God whose love for us is so active,
so strong, that by human standards He would be, at least,
said to be mad.

Excerpted from "31 Days Toward Intimacy with God,"
by Joni Eareckson Tada
Multnomah Publishers, 2005


Love is everlastingly miraculous. May God help you to
understand what I mean, because endless joy awaits you.

If God were to bless you with absolute control of your will,
you would have a constant awareness of heavenly bliss. My
enthusiasm should not surprise you. God designed us for this.
God created us to love, and everything else in God's creation
helps you love.

From "The Cloud of Unknowing,"
written by an anonymous 14th century English monk
Paraclete Press, 2006

When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at
his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my
brother would not have died."

And Jesus wept. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him."

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave,
and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone."

So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and
said,"Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you
always hear me, but because of the crowd here I have said this,
that they may believe that you sent me. " And when he had
said this, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands,
and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them,
"Untie him and let him go."

John 11: 32. 35-36, 38, 41-44
New American Bible


When the Spirit come It touches those to whom It is sent
with subsistent Love. It brings men in some way into the
actual presence of Love, the Love that exists between
Father, Son, and Spirit...First and foremost, what one sees
is the truth of his own being in the love that the Father and
Son have for him. In and through the Spirit one comes to see
who one is. And what one is being led to become, comes
into being...The truth of one's being loved is the truest
thing about one's own identity.

Excerpted from "The Conspiracy of God: The Holy Spirit in Men,"
by John JC. Haughey, SJ
Doubleday and Company, 1973


And now the Last Word:

God is not the sort to casually murmur,
"Well, sure I love you." He constantly
shows us how much.

Joni Eareckson Tada































































Bonus Quote:

Charity is the scope of all God's commands.
St. John Chrysostom



On today's site:

(John 11)

-The Prayer
of the one
Who Hears

-A God
Mad with

(Cloud of

(John 11)

-The Truth
of Being Loved

And the
Last Word: