October 23

Reflection

The all-embracing community of love which Jesus preached was only the consequence of another essential reality: the all-embracing love of God. To love without limits, without frontiers, loving everyone including those who do not return that love is to love as God loves. When we do not love someone, we are refusing to love someone whom God loves, a person who is loved by God. In all our thoughts and actions, God should be our reference. Our view must be in tune with God’s.

Prayer

May I see others as God sees them.

Action

Who do I keep outside my circle of love? Why? What can I do to be
more 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.
Matthew 5:43-48

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8

There is no greater sickness in the world today than the lack of love.
Mother Teresa

God’s Love is all-inclusive, and we should be as well.
Rev. Joanna Hollis

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

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
George Eliot

To love someone means to see him as God intended him.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

God teaches us to love by putting some unlovely people around us. It takes no character to love people who are lovely and loving to you.
Rick Warren

Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did.
C.S. Lewis

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