June 12

Reflection

The foundational stories of the world’s religions are all based on love of God, love of neighbors, and love of self. Rising from the core of our beings, our other loves are also part of our spiritual path: love of family, of partner, of friends, of community, of animals, of nature. Fear often surfaces around the practice of love and obstructs our spiritual growth. We are afraid to love and worry that nobody will love us back. We are apprehensive about the quality of our love relationships. We don’t usually question the quality of our acts of kindness, but we put performance measurements on our loving. Jesus had no such fears. He focused on the love of God and of all others. He loved his friends and told us consistently, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Prayer

We celebrate You, God of Life and of Love, at work at all times and in all places.

Action

Do you believe that God has no other way to manifest love for each of us than through the love that binds our lives together? Reflect on this.

Suggested Reading

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. And those who live in love live in God, and God in them.
1 John 4:16

Love was meant to be also a sign, a symbol, a messenger, a telltale of the Divine…. Love is a messenger from God saying that every human affection and every ecstasy of love are sparks from the great flame of love that is God.
Fulton J. Sheen

The human mind makes foolish divisions in what love sees as one.
Anthony de Mello

I believe more and more that the greatest single help to a spiritual life is a deep and living human love for another. . . . I have solemnly resolved to love more deeply and more truly and to be a sweeter man.
Rufus Jones

If you judge people you have no time to love them.
Mother Teresa

Friendship is the kind of love one can imagine between angels.
C.S.Lewis

It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.
John Joseph Powell

Love is the most important and most rewarding investment you can make in another person.
J.E.B. Spredemann

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

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