Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Love God. Worship Him. Love your neighbor.

"And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions." (Mark 12: 34).

Thursday 4th June 2020, 9th Week in Ordinary Time.

Jesus told the lawyer who asked: “Which is the first of all the commandments?” that he is not far from the kingdom of God. The scribe agreed with Jesus that love of God and love of neighbor is the greatest commandment.

How far are you from the kingdom of God? How far are you from the peace and tranquility of the kingdom? For Jesus, the criterion is love of God and love of neighbor. Let us measure how far we are.

In 1 Corinthians 13: 4 - 7, we see the attributes of love. These attributes describe how God loves us and how God wants us to love our neighbor.

" Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." (1 Corinthians 13: 4 - 7).

Before we despair and think it is impossible to love always like this, let us remember that charity or love is the first fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5: 22). Without the Holy Spirit, nobody is capable of meeting the standard of love.

Where there is love, there is God.

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