July 11

Reflection

Love is our single true and ever-lasting communion in God. It is the one common link that every human has to every other person who has ever lived. “Love each other as I have loved you!” Jesus did not make any exceptions to this central directive. He simply stated his expectation. Love is something that brings us into relationship with each other. It bonds us and binds us together. The love that we share for one another as Christians is a love that does not fail. Love, once given, is not something that is ours to recall or to revoke; it remains what it always has been- a gift of God.

Prayer

Where there is hatred let me sow love.

Action

Is there an area in my life where bonds have been strained or broken?
How can this best be repaired?

Suggested Reading

“As God has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my God’s commands and remain in God’s love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my God I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then God will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.”
John 15:9-17 

Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:10

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2

He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbor.
Venerable Bede

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Mother Teresa

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.
Thomas Merton

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Rumi

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Thomas Carlyle 

Do all things with love.
Og Mandino

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