September 25

Reflection

Jesus taught an over-riding concern for our neighbor, for his or her welfare   He said we are to care about others as much as we care about ourselves. If we did, the world would work so much better. We would put the best construction on everything our neighbor did or said, just as we would expect them to understand us. Living in a generous and positive light, we would seek the most equitable solutions to our disputes. Caring about others, we would work to eliminate, poverty, and hunger. We would not blame others for needing food stamps or begrudge them health care. No one would have to tell us what was right, because we would be concerned that our neighbors came out of any situation as well as we would like to ourselves. This kind of love is agape. It is not an emotional love, but a love of total commitment, intelligence and will.  It is the only kind of love that makes sense if we are to love our neighbor

Prayer

Let me live filled with God’s love and with concern for the needs of other people.

Action

In what ways can I apply this type of love to those with whom I live and work?  What standards do I hold in my political civic responsibilities?

Suggested Reading

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22: 34 – 40

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

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?
Mother Teresa

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.
Eric Hoffer

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.
Coretta Scott King

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

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?
Martin Luther King Jr.

Men think that it is impossible for a human being to love his enemies, for enemies are hardly able to endure the sight of one another. Well, then, shut your eyes–and your enemy looks just like your neighbor.
Søren Kierkegaard

The rule for us all is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you love your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.
CS Lewis

 

 

 

 

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