Sunday 3 May 2015

Wednesday of Week 31 Year 1

Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection to pleasure. It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment. It can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection. It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one's self or animals. All in all, the word "love" can be simple and complicated to fully understand. But what is a Christian understanding of love?

In today's reading, St. Paul gives us a clue of what Christian understanding of love is all about: "Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow men you have carried out your obligations. All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, 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 truly love others, including those we find difficult to love, then we would be living in harmony and peace. But the problem is, some of us are still holding on to our needs and wants, our pride and prejudice, our insecurities and low self-esteem, that we are unable to love the way God loves all. May we be open and humble enough to let God change us, so that we may learn to truly and genuinely love all, just as God loves all.

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