Love Someone Near

Jesus Christ reveals the love of God and teaches us to love, Augustine says:

“You are told “Love God”. If you say to me “Show me whom I should love”, what can I say except what John says?No one has ever seen God. But you must not think yourself wholly unsuited to seeing God: God is love, says John, and whoever dwells in love dwells in God. So love whoever is nearest to you and look inside you to see where that love is coming from: thus, as far as you are capable, you will see God.
”  So start to love your neighbout. Share your bread with the hungry, bring the homeless pauper into your house. Clothe the naked, and do not despise the servants of your kin.
  “What will you get from doing all this? Your light will break forth like the dawn. Your light is your God, your dawn, because he will come to you to end the night of this world — he who, himself, neither rises nor sets but is eternal.
  “By loving your neighbour, by having care for your neighbour, you are travelling on a journey. Where are you journeying, except to the Lord God, whom we must love with all our heart and all our soul and all our mind? We have not yet reached the Lord, but our neighbour is with us already. So support your neighbour, who is travelling with you, so that you may reach him with whom you long to dwell.”

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  1. Gail Smyder

    St. Augustine says it all so well for us and challenges us so personally on this Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. When this love outpours from us in all our daily journeys I like the reflection of looking inside to see where this love is coming from for we are what we do and we do because we are first His creation of love. Sometimes it is easy to look and really see and sometimes I know I get in the way because I see and know I should act and maybe only do so when it is easy and not really costing me so much in a real sacrifice. May we all urge each other onward………May I ask prayers for a very special friend tomorrow from anyone reading this. She is having a biopsy of her pancreas. Prayers for all of you for all your needs.

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