Archive for month: October, 2020
Let us pray that our love of God becomes real and tangible in love for our neighbor: God, you display your almighty power in loving us without regret. In Jesus your Son you have shown us how far love can go. Give us a love that is forgiving, generous, and gentle like his, so that we recognize and welcome him in others. May our hearts reach out first to the poorest and the least lovable with the gratuitous love you have given us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Jesus links Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18 to form the “Great Commandment” in Matthew 22:24-40: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.” Love in this sense is loyalty to God and faithful actions toward our neighbor. We still struggle with it. For example, we may have empathy for suffering people in other nations from a distance, yet if they immigrate to our country and become our neighbor, we can become quite intolerant of them.
Jesus practiced the love of God by not saying: “Hey, I love God!” Rather, Jesus practiced the love of God by his humble, loving treatment of others, and pointing out the mistreatment of others. May we, his followers, do the same. May the Great Commandment to love God and neighbor direct and orient lover lives as we reflect upon and practice the love of God.