February 24

Reflection

The community of love which Jesus preached is only the consequence of another essential reality: the all-embracing love of God. Jesus saw things from God’s viewpoint. And so, Jesus tells us that when we do not love someone, we are refusing to love someone whom God loves. God loves everyone including those who do not return that love. Our enemy is loved by God who loves without limits. In our thoughts and actions, God should be our reference. As followers of Christ, our minds must be in tune with God’s. This perspective is what directs our understanding and actions.

Prayer

Help me to try to see others as God sees them.

Action

Who do I keep outside my circle of love?  Why?  What can I do to be inclusive?

Suggested Reading

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You
shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love
your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may
be children of God, who makes the sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those
who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors
do the same? And if you greet your brothers and sisters only, what is
unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect,
just as your God is perfect.”
Matthew 5:43-48

The entire law is summed up in a single command, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:14

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
St. Augustine

Agape, the love of each one of us for the other, from the closest to the furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus has given us to find the way of salvation and of the Beatitudes.
Pope Francis

But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
Vincent van Gogh

God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
Timaeus of Locris

 

 

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