January 12

Reflection

Jesus challenges us
To look into our hearts,
To examine the way we are neighbor,
To overcome our prejudices,
To put an end to divisions,
To stretch our generosity,
To overcome our fear of the mystery,
To see God present in our everyday living,
and to make the “reign”of love visible
throughout our world.
Michael Morwood

Prayer

May your kingdom come.

Action

I will choose one challenge of Jesus’ and try to integrate it into my life today.

Suggested Reading

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Peter 4:8-9

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1Corinthians 3:16

You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of God who causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?…Be perfect, therefore, as God is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48

Your neighbor is the person who needs you.
Elbert Hubbard

It is easier to love humanity than to love your neighbor.
Eric Hoffer

How should one live? Live welcoming to all.
Mechtild of Magdeburg

We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another. There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors.
Henri J.M. Nouwen

A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.
Richard Whately

To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.
John Locke

Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.
Nikolai Berdyaev

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