July 4, 2014
Text (Gospel Story) John 4:7-16
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.
Sharing the Mission
Blessed Frederic Ozanam wrote: “Love possesses something of the divine nature, which gives itself without diminishing, which shares itself without division, which multiplies itself, which is present in many places at once, and whose intensity is increased in the measure that it gains in extension.
Lord Jesus, we dedicate and consecrate to Your divine Person and to Your Sacred Heart this our conference (council) and all the members who compose it, the poor whom we visit in Your name, the youth and children to whom we respond … and all the works we have undertaken in various places for Your Glory … inflame us with that fire … may we love and help our neighbor. Give us the grace to live our vocation, loving our spouse, family and others in the example of Blessed Frederic Ozanam.