The essence of God is love. The universe is energized by the outpouring of Love. With the gift of life we all journey in love. Love of God, neighbor, and self are in the make-up of our very beings. God loves me and loves through me empowering me to be a conduit of love on this earth. Sometimes there are factors which affect how I will respond. This is part of the human condition. The question I need to consider is whether I allow the Spirit within me to direct my responses to be consistent with my nature which is deeply infused with God’s love in relationship with all others.
O God, Your law of love is written within me. Bring alive in me today a loving heart. Make it active in my life.
Today I will try to respond with forgiveness, generosity, justice, and love toward those I with whom I live and work.
Moses said to the people:
“If only you would heed the voice of the Lord, your God,
and keep God’s commandments and statutes!
For this command that I enjoin on you today
is not too mysterious and remote for you.
It is not up in the sky… Nor is it across the sea,
that you should say,” Who will cross the sea to get it for us?
No, it is something very near to you,
already in your mouths and in your hearts;
you have only to carry it out.”
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?
How do you read it?”
He said in reply,
You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.”
He replied to him, “You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live.”
Luke 10:25 -37
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
St. Augustine of Hippo
What is the mark of love for your neighbor? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul.
St. Basil the Great
We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others.
St. Clare of Assisi
Intense love does not measure . . . it just gives.
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbor.
St. Bede the Venerable
The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.