The Commandment of Love

Dear friends: The first and the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength. The second is this; you must love your neighbour as yourself. We can’t love God if we do not love our neighbour. If we do not love our neighbour whom we see, how can we love God whom we can not see? But to love our neighbour we must first love ourselves. The attitudes we develop towards our neighbour are the ones we have towards ourselves. If we are kind, understanding, and forgiving to ourselves, the chances are that we will be kind, understanding and forgiving towards others. Jesus’ calling is to be selfless and generous towards oneself and others. If not, this is what is – for example,  selfishness is like trying to fill a sack with big tear at the bottom. The more you fill it, the more it empties out. That is why selfish persons are never satisfied.


 Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

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