Thursday, February 26, 2009

Love for Neighbor as a sign of God’s Presence within

(meditating on 1 John 3:14)

Love for neighbor is the sign of new life in God. Those who bear God within them (lovingly in their hearts) will always extend their love (God’s love) to their neighbor (who is everyone they meet, live or work with).

Those who show no concern for their neighbor, show that they have not (yet) found the new life in God, or that they have lost it (again).

We must be constantly open to receive God’s love within (by emptying ourselves of any selfishness, pride, envy, jealousy, etc.); only allowing the entirety of our (whole) hearts to be filled with the love of God (which is infinite).

We can do this only, by fixing our eyes on our role model and lifelong example: Jesus Crucified.

Prayer: Father of all creatures, give us a child’s heart. Help us reach out to our brothers and sisters with Your love and compassion. For when we love, with your love, in your love and through your love (as Jesus points the Way, the Truth and the Life), we are made one in You. Amen.

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