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The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

We lift up our hearts!

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“The Lord lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down” (Psalm 145:14).

At the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer, there is a brief dialogue between the priest and congregation. In one form, the priest says, “Lift up your hearts,” and the people respond, “We lift them up to the Lord.” I like to think of God’s love and mercy as consistently pulling our spirits upward with the same strong force as gravity pulls our bodies downward. We cannot see or touch gravity, yet we know it is real. But its power influences only material bodies. However, there are many other powers on earth that pull our spirits downward with that same type of gravitational influence. Our challenge is to regulate with moderation these good and natural earthly attractions and to avoid those that are harmful and sinful. It gives us strength to realize God’s love and mercy are constantly uplifting our spirits to a higher level and a holier way of life.

Lord, may your love and mercy lift up our lives.  

Fr. James McKarns

Author: Living with Christ

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