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Live Life as a Gift

Posted by Pope Francis on 4/15/19 5:00 AM

Live Life as a GiftLove always takes this path: to give one’s life. To live life as a gift, a gift to be given—not a treasure to be stored away. And Jesus lived it in this manner, as a gift. And if we live life as a gift, we do what Jesus wanted: “I appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.” So, we must not burn out life with selfishness. Judas’s attitude was contrary to the person who loves, for he never understood—poor thing—what a gift is. Judas was one of those people who does not act in altruism and who lives in his own world. On the contrary, when Mary Magdalene washed Jesus’s feet with nard—very costly—it is a religious moment, a moment of thanksgiving, a moment of love.

—from the book The Hope of Lent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane M. Houdek


The Hope of Lent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis

Topics: Grace, Lent, Friendship