Love, a commandment not a suggestion


Someone shared this story about a boy who after Mass asked the pastor, “Father, would you let me stay in your church and not go home?”

Surprised, the pastor asked, “Why?”

The boy said, “Here, you have the Ten Commandments and even summarized them to only two, but at home there are so many and they increase every day.”   

The Lord said, “I give you a new commandment; love one another as I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (Jn 13:34).

If there’s a new commandment, there should be an old one, and that’s why Jesus gave a new commandment over the old one which was basically centered on revenge.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil’ (Mt 5:38-39).

The best place to start love for one another is in our homes and relationships. There must be respect, trust and understanding for love to grow, otherwise it’s sure to fail.

Remember the “Love Story” movie that swept the world’s box offices in 1970 starred by Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal? A striking line there says, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Realizing a wrong done, betraying a friend, breaking a promise, forgetting a dear one’s special day, saying hurtful words, you say, “I’m sorry.” But you have nothing to say you’re sorry to when you are honest, faithful, loving and true to your love one.

On the flip side, someone said that where there is great love, there’s always a miracle. Don’t be a beggar of love. Be a donor of love. You must remember that beautiful people are not always good. But good people are always beautiful. There are some who are always happy not because things around them are good, but because they see something good in them.

When you wish good for others, good things come back to you and that’s the golden rule. When times grow weary, talking to your best friend is the only therapy you need, for sometimes it’s not what we have in life, but who we have in life that matters. A true friend understands what we don’t say and knows exactly what we feel.

The Book of Sirach 6:14-16 says “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who has found one has found a treasure.” Kindness is more than deeds. It is also an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts a person up.

An old adage admonishes us to live our life from our heart, share from our heart, and we’ll touch and heal people’s hearts. Remember that a beautiful face will someday age, a perfect body will change, but an awesome person will always be an awesome person. And what an awesome God who loves us in a moment than anyone could in a lifetime. Amen on that folks!

St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words, “Approach each of the sisters with the same love with which you approach Me; and whatever you do for them, you do it for Me” (Diary 285).

Pray the rosary for our family and for unity in the church. Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. and the Chaplet of Mercy daily for peace in the world and conversion of sinners. 

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