Nothing in this world….Can keep His love from me

003This week, it’s ‘my turn for liturgy,’ as we say.  The three of us Sisters at St. Anne’s take turns choosing the hymns and reading for Mass as well as leading the Liturgy of the Hours for the week.

Consequently, I was the one to read St. Paul’s beautiful words to the Romans (Rom. 8:31b-39) at Mass this morning.  It is such a beautiful, rich passage that I will quote it in full for your reflection.

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
As it is written:For your sake we are being slain all the day;
we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I have always found this reading to be so beautiful, so powerful.  Others must have also; it has inspired more than one song.  After having meditated upon the reading (in preparation for reading at Mass), one of these song keeps coming to my mind.  It’s kind of catchy: “Neither life nor death…Nor any other power…Can keep me from the love of Christ my Lord…Nothing in this world….Can keep His love from me…There is no rock like our God.”

I am grateful for the beauty of the words of scripture as well as for the gift of Christian / Catholic music.  It can be helpful when cleaning, too, raising the mind to prayer and speeding up one’s work tempo.  (Have you ever found you work faster if you’ve got peppy music?  I have!)

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5 thoughts on “Nothing in this world….Can keep His love from me

  1. You did it again, Sister. You helped me give my heart over to Him in thanksgiving for all the graces and blessings He bestows on me as He constantly pulls me to Himself.

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  2. Sr. Christina, this reflection is so beautiful. And yes, I work faster when snappier music is on. But I run out of steam quicker too.
    God bless you for sharing with us all.

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  3. So true. Cleaning with praise and worship music does lift one’s heart and mind and cleaning gets done quicker. However, when my husband is helping with vacuming I have to slow down the music. (smiling… he is a gem!)

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  4. Sister Christina I appreciate your thoughts on this reading and the other articles that you share with us.
    Every time I see your name I remember the week end you spent with us in Chicago at the Madonna Convent. It was a pleasure meeting you. God bless you, Sister Christina. Sister Doloria Kosiek,OSF

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