February / March 2015 - Vol. 78
Standing at the cross
 To Love Him and to Make Him Loved 

The Servants of the Word have as their motto “To Love Him and to Make Him Loved.” It was love that motivated the Lord Jesus to suffer and die on the cross for our sake as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. He died and rose again to give us abundant life and freedom to live as the redeemed sons and daughters of God. Our love for Christ is a response to his exceeding love and mercy towards us. We can never repay the debt we owe to God. It is pure grace - the free gift and favor of God's love which has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5).

As Paul the Apostle states,

"The love of Christ compels us because we are convinced that one has died for all - therefore all have died. And he died for all, that those who live might live no long for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised" (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

Christ has loved us without reserve. We want to love him with all that we have and are. Christ's love poured out for us on the cross is the reason we make it our aim to love him and to make him loved. Making the Lord Jesus known and loved through word and deed is the mission of the whole Christian people - the mission which Christ invites each one of us to undertake as his ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20).

May this issue inspire you to love Christ more and to make him loved by those you serve and reach out to with mercy, compassion, and conviction that Christ died for all to bring us new life and salvation.

In this issue

Tadhg Lynch and Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa explore what it means to know the love of Jesus Christ and to love him in return through lives of conversion, repentance, sacrificial love, and proclaiming the Gospel - the good news of Jesus Christ - to others. 

Bob Tedesco, Bruce Yocum, Carlos Manticaand John Keating focus on the readiness to change in order to follow the Lord Jesus more closely and to love and forgive others as Christ has loved us.

And don't miss some fresh sharings from young people who are serving on mission throughout Europe. May their stories inspire all of us to be missionaries in our homes, schools, work places, and neighborhoods as well.

Sincerely in Christ,
Don Schwager

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