Daily Reflection—Laying Down Your Life

“The Parable of the Good Samaritan” (detail) by Jan Wijnants

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13).

You may never have to actually die for someone you love. You may never have to die for a stranger. But you and I are called to die each day in countless ways both for our good and the good of others.

To progress in the spiritual life, according to St. Teresa of Avila, one must spend much time practicing humility. Jesus tells us that to be his disciple, we must deny ourself and take up our cross and follow him.

This is the way forward, there is no other. We must follow the Lord.

In the parking lot tomorrow, let the other person have the last parking space.

When someone asks you for help, look for ways to help instead of escape.

When your spouse wants to see a movie or eat at a restaurant and all you want to do is anything else, see the movie, go to the restaurant.

When the baby wakes at 2 a.m. say, “don’t worry honey, I’ve got this.

When someone at work stumbles in their job, find a way to lift them up to success.

We are presented with countless opportunities each day to die to self and love others. Start tomorrow off by asking Jesus to show you each and every one! The rejoice.

Christ is risen!

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Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

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