Are we as a society becoming more and more apathetic (which means showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern) towards others? If we look around us today, how many of us really do care about others? For example, how many of us would stop if we see somebody in need of help by the road because of a vehicle breakdown or an accident? Or how many of us would be friendly and neighbourly to others in our housing area? What about in church? Do we make effort to get to know others around us, especially newcomers and strangers?
In today's reading, St. Paul reminds us: "All the commandments... are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments." If we claim to have love for others, then we have no excuse and no reason to be apathetic towards others. This is because if we remain apathetic, then we are not really loving after all, and are merely concerned about ourselves, our needs and perhaps the needs of our loved ones. Are we willing to come out of our apathetic attitude and behaviour, and truly love just as God loves us all?