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"Live an exemplary life among (non-believers), so your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives." The gospel is the hope of the world. We need to live lives exemplary of that gospel. That means loving our neighbor- not just saying we do. That means inviting them to dinner. That means praying fervently and faithfully for them. That means not being afraid to touch them or welcome them into our homes and churches or tell them God loves them. That means asking about their lives, joys, frustrations, hopes, and sorrows.
Anonymous, Adapted 1 Peter 2:13.
And so, we are not called to serve merely in order to receive a reward, but rather to imitate God, who made himself a servant for our love. Nor are we called to serve only now and again, but to live in serving. Service is thus a way of life; indeed it recapitulates the entire Christian way of life: serving God in adoration and prayer; being open and available; loving our neighbor with practical deeds; passionately working for the common good.
Pope Francis 10/2/16, Homily
Love may challenge, and love may correct, but love will never shame. Love may call us out to uncomfortable places, but love will never cast us aside. Love may demand, but love will never demand. Love will never ask us to dim our light lest we shine too brightly. Love will never ask us to be less than what we were created to be. By this we know God. By this, we follow Jesus. By this, we serve one another. Love. Not fear.