I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Reflection for August 21, Friday Saint Pius X, Pope: Matthew 22:34-40

Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.
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When can you say that you truly love God? It’s when you translate your love for God to love for your neighbor.

The perfection of our love for God reaches its zenith when we unconditionally love our neighbor. Thus, we don’t only love those who are lovable to our eyes; we also love even those who are not. Even those who do nothing but hurt us and betray our love for them.

Love that is based on the notion of reciprocal love is not anchored on the love of God. This is for the reason that the love of God is unconditional. It does not discriminate and it loves everyone, including those people who keep on hurting and betraying our love for them.

For example, if your spouse has been continuously hurting you and has been betraying your love. You will still continue to love him/her but not anymore based on romantic love. You will continue to love him/her because you love God and your love for your wayward spouse is not anymore defined by romanticism. But already defined according to God’s unconditional love.

Therefore when a couple separates, it does not mean that there’s no more love. There is still love but not the romantic kind of love anymore. But love based on a much higher plane which is based on a person's love for God. And it does not anymore include romantic love. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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