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<< Sunday, October 27, 2002 >> 30th Sunday Ordinary Time
 
Exodus 22:20-26
1 Thessalonians 1:1, 5-10

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Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51
Matthew 22:34-40

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LOVE LOVE HIMSELF

 
"I love You, O Lord, my Strength." —Psalm 18:2
 

Jesus revealed that the two greatest commandments were about loving God and our neighbor (Mt 22:37-39). Jesus maintained that His mission was to show us the Father's love (Jn 15:9). He commanded us to love even our enemies (Mt 5:44). Jesus said that we would be recognized as His disciples because of our "love for one another" (Jn 13:35). Finally, Jesus laid down His life for us when He died on the cross. "There is no greater love than this" (Jn 15:13).

The first Christians began to understand Jesus' life of love. They came to realize that:

  • God the Father "so loved the world that He gave His only Son" (Jn 3:16).
  • "Love never fails" (1 Cor 13:8).
  • Without love, we are nothing (1 Cor 13:2).
  • "Love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Pt 4:8).
  • Love is greater than even faith or hope (1 Cor 13:13).
  • "The love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit" (Rm 5:5).

Finally, the early Church came to the awesome conclusion that "God is Love, and he who abides in Love abides in God, and God in him" (1 Jn 4:16; see 1 Jn 4:8). Love Love Himself.

 
Prayer: Father, may the love of Christ impel us (2 Cor 5:14) to make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19).
Promise: "The word of the Lord has echoed forth from you resoundingly." —1 Thes 1:8
Praise: Praise Jesus, our risen Lord and Love!
 
(For a related teaching, order our tape Love on audio AV 58-1 or video V-58.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard L. Klug, April 10, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 18, 2002
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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