Amoris Laetitia 64: Imitating Christ

amoris laetitia memeAnother straight-forward reflection:

64. “The example of Jesus is a paradigm for the Church… He began his public ministry with the miracle at the wedding feast of Cana (cf. Jn 2:1-11). He shared in everyday moments of friendship with the family of Lazarus and his sisters (cf. Lk 10:38) and with the family of Peter (cf. Mk 8:14). He sympathized with grieving parents and restored their children to life (cf. Mk 5:41; Lk 7:14-15). In this way he demonstrated the true meaning of mercy, which entails the restoration of the covenant (cf. John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia, 4). This is clear from his conversations with the Samaritan woman (cf. Jn 1:4-30) and with the woman found in adultery (cf. Jn 8:111), where the consciousness of sin is awakened by an encounter with Jesus’ gratuitous love”.(Relatio Finalis 2015, 41)

The example of Jesus confronting Pharisees and other religious types shows how people throw up defenses. Nicodemus is the one who found himself intrigued by that late night encounter. Conversion is sparked less by reason and more by the experience of love. Apologists and others, take note.

For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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