“The Power of Equality”

Human love and divine love are totally different from each other. Love
can be carnal or spiritual, constructive or destructive. We can love
something pleasant – an animal, a relative, family or friends.

The love that is mentioned in today’s Gospel is divine; to love God
and to love our neighbor as yourself. God being so great and powerful
lowered Himself in order to love man who is small and sinful. He calls
man to be His friend in Abraham and Moses. The prophets present God’s
love as spousal, bridegroom to an unfaithful bride Israel. His love is
stronger than sin. It pardons and recreates a stony heart to a heart
of flesh than would be capable to love.

The supreme manifestation of His love can be seen in the gift of His
Son Jesus Christ who offered himself willingly on the cross. Christ
the innocent one received the death penalty that was due to us because
of our sin. But this did not end in Calvary because God sent another
gift that is the Holy Spirit. Through His Spirit our hearts can be
recreated. The love of God is completed by the second commandment that
is to love our neighbor as ourselves. These two are inseparable. If we
are loved by God it comes naturally for us to love the others. Our
love for God returns to Him in the love we show to the other. If
Christ laid down his life for us then we too ought to lay down our
lives for our brothers, says St. John. Divine love destroys every
barrier, does not despise anyone. It loves the enemies, pardons
without limit, returns good for evil. By this love all will know that
we are the disciples of Christ. This is the identity of a Christian
because this love belongs exclusively to Christ.

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  • Gypsysoul75

    I agree!  But I must by conscience caveat:  love thine enemy doesn’t mean agree with him!