Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082515.cfm
You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our reception among you was not without effect. Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated, as you know, in Philippi, we drew courage through our God to speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle. Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives, nor did it work through deception. But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, that is how we speak, not as trying to please men, but rather God, who judges our hearts. Nor, indeed, did we ever appear with flattering speech, as you know, or with a pretext for greed–God is witness– nor did we seek praise from men, either from you or from others, although we were able to impose our weight as Apostles of Christ. Rather, we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children. With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us.
They will know we are Christians by our love. That is what we need to show to those who do not believe in God, or claim to love God but not the Church He founded. We must love them first, pray for them and plant the seeds of conversion. Can you love like the Apostles did? That is what we are called to do.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to love those who I find unlovable. Help me to see you in those who do not believe and bring them to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
You have searched me and you know me, Lord.