Friday's Thought of the Day
“Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law? Jesus said, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbor as yourself”.
Can you imagine a world where these two commandments were being followed? Two little commandments that could make this world the world God created. God made a perfect world and it was called Eden, but man sinned against God. We are told we must love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul and mind. God has done His part. First, He “created mankind in His image” (Gen 1:27). God reinforced His love of man when He said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish, but might have eternal life”. I think God receives a check mark here for doing His part. Sisters and brothers, have you done your part? Is God first in your heart mind and soul or does He sometimes take a second position? Does money, power or just laziness take God’s position? Sometimes you may not love God or have faith in God, but He always loves you and will never abandon you. His second great command is to “love your neighbor as yourself”. If we are true Christians, we are followers of Christ. St Paul addressed the Philippians in 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others”. What St. Paul was telling the Philippians was the way Jesus conducted Himself. As we follow the example of Christ, this is how we should also conduct ourselves with our brothers and sisters. We need to humble ourselves to God and to our neighbors; we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. If each of us puts the welfare and interest of our neighbors first, it becomes a cycle of love, compassion and faith. To bring together these two commandments, I reflect on 1 John 4:11-12, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we must also love one another. If we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is brought to perfection in us”.
LORD God, I strive to love You with all my heart, soul and mind. Through my love of You I will go deeper in my love for my fellow sisters and brothers. LORD God, You made a perfect world and through our sinful ways we have made it imperfect. It is only through love of You that order can come back to this world. Jesus I trust in You. AMEN