Tuesday, September 20: The Divine Commandment of Life

today’s reading reminds us of the Lord’s call to us to be generous in our behavior to everybody.  it is the last word here that i find catchy.

there are just people we like and people we don’t like, some even more than others.  naturally, our acts of love and kindness will depend on which side the person is on the spectrum.  yet even towards the people we are supposed to like, we still get once in a while some irrational feelings of irritation, envy, distrust, frustration, condescension, or anger.

“Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life.   we must never let those likes and dislikes rule our Christian life. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7), even those toward whom we have no affection.”  My Utmost For His Highest

we call ourselves believers, christians, and catholics whose life it is to love unconditionally with Christ’s love at all times.   but are we really?

Christ’s love is unwavering, unconditional, and unstoppable.  it doesn’t ignore, abandon, reject, or alienate.   it forgives and restores.

following the example our Lord gave us in loving the sinner, the good, the bad, and the ugly may become doable if we view the commandment as our way of paying forward — to be to everyone what God has been to us. 

“be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)  we deliberately identify with God, including His interests in all people.

“Dear Jesus, remind me that true kinship with You is not just a matter of flesh and blood or who is good and beautiful.  remind me that as adopted sons and daughters of God, everyone is a sister and a brother who needs my love, understanding, compassion, encouragement, support, forgiveness, and kindness.  please send down Your Spirit upon me today and everyday to transform my heart, my mind, and my will to enable me to love those around me generously as Christ loves.  live in me as i in You, dear God, and let this brand of love start in my home. amen.”

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