Accepting the Authority of Jesus

( Jesus said ): “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

As followers of Jesus, life is God’s gift to us. What we do with our lives is our gift to God. I’ve learned this the hard way. Here are some examples and what it taught me … 

If you are a business owner, how many times have you looked to make the sale, instead of look to provide benefit and value?

When you see someone hurting, do you try to help them and pray for them, or do you walk away?

When you walk through a room do people know you’ve been there by your love?

As a Man, how many times do you talk to a Woman or look at her as if she is an ‘object’, instead of as a person … another man’s daughter .. and a child of God?

All of us who are Catholic are to give of ourselves without looking for what we will get in return. When we do this with a pure heart, we are accepting the authority of Jesus, and God will give us a good return in the way that His will sees fit.

“Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”  Luke 6:38 

You cannot out give God. Don’t even try. Give with a pure heart and it will be given back to you many times over. Expect it to be in a way that you don’t expect, but it will be what you need.


Frank J Casella is Executive Director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland

Author: Catholic Men Chicago Southland

Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS) fosters Catholic Men in personal holiness to make Jesus Christ the center of our daily lives, and sponsor of the Bishop Perry Catholic Chicago Men's Forum. CMCS is Catholic Apostolate of Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry of Chicago. Executive Director, Frank J. Casella Vision: To Nurture Catholic Men's Spirituality in the Chicago Southland