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For the Love of a Puppy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

“Love is patient, love is kind.” (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Our puppy, Rex, usually listens to me (as well as any 3 month-old puppy might) when I tell him to stay down or to stop biting. And if he is chewing on something he should not be, I tell him no, and when he stops, I reward him; these seem to be the reasons he listens to me. So the other night, when both boys were in the house on one of the last really nice evenings of the year, I reminded them that the only way Rex knows he is loved is when they give him some attention. And in doing so, Rex is likely to listen to them better.

Considering this very popular passage, people are similar to Rex. Without knowing what people are dealing with in their lives, i.e., “walking a mile in their shoes,” we should always be careful in our response, being patient and kind to others is one of the many ways we can show love to our neighbors.

Loving God,

You have provided the perfect example of love.

Guide my heart to follow Your Son’s example in loving my neighbor as myself.

In the name of the Your Son, the perfect example of Your love.


Danielle Hamann
Public Policy Analyst, Avera

1 CORINTHIANS 12:31-13:13 • PSALM 33:2-3, 4-5, 12 AND 22 • LUKE 7:31-35

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