Loving God and Others (from my book ‘A Shepherd’s Voice’, 2007)
Jesus said: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments…. Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me; anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and show myself to him.”(John 14: 15, 21)
Do we love Jesus? If we really love Him, we will keep His two great commandments of love. The first is to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength. The second is to love our neighbor as ourselves.(cf.Matthew 22:37-39) What great wisdom from our Lord! However, despite this constant invitation of Jesus to love God and love others, our world today seems to be centered on worldly allurements rather than on God. Families, communities, and nations are in strife. Instead of friendship, there is bitterness and hatred in relationships.
Jesus challenges us to lead upright lives by doing daily acts of love. We can do this by affirming one another, by forgiving the persons who have hurt us, or by being grateful for the presence of God and others in our lives. Our love for God must show itself in our care and concern for others. Our care and concern for others indicates our love for God.
Mother Teresa relates how she was deeply touched by a testimony of love from a little child who gave something to her.
“I can never forget how a little child, a Hindu child, taught me how to love the great love. In Calcutta, we didn’t have sugar; and a little Hindu child, four years old heard Mother Teresa had no sugar; and he went home and told his parents: ‘I will not eat sugar for three days. I will give my sugar to Mother Teresa.’ After three days, the parents brought the child to our house. In his hand he had a little bottle of sugar… the sugar of a little child. He could scarcely pronounce my name, but he knew he loved a great love because he loved until it hurt. It hurt him to give up sugar for three days. But that little child taught me that to be able to love a great love, it is not how much we give but how much loving is put in the giving.” (Dorothy S. Hunt, Love: A Fruit Always in Season, Daily Meditations by Mother Teresa, p. 219)
Like this little child, let us become living examples of love for God and for others.
We are Easter people. Let us proclaim the love of the Risen Lord all the days of our lives!
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