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In a commentary by Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, he says: “Until we see ourselves as people beloved of God, miracles will be scarce.” It is a foundational statement to healing. Do we believe in our hearts? “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

The first of the fruits of the Spirit identified in Galatians 5:22 is love. In the Second Reading, we hear: “If I speak in human and angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.” Then we hear the famous litany on love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.”

Love calls for heartfelt reflection.