This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.” (Jn 15:12) “This is how all will know you for my disciples: your love for one another.” (Jn 13:35)
Three conclusions which are often drawn by different people: 1. Those who think they can fulfill the two great Love Commandments by prayer, devotions, and religious observance. (1 Jn 4:21)-how “expressing our faith through deeds of justice and love isparticularly urgent in the Philippines where the exercise of faithoften seems to be restricted to the realm of religious activities andprivate morality” (PCP II 80) 2. I love God by loving my neighbor. (1 Cor 1:9) 3. “I know it is a sin, but I love him/her so much.” (1 Jn 3:16)
1. Our genuine human love is a participation in God’s love. (1Jn 4:10)2. Through Christ and the Spirit, God is really present in bothour neighbor’s and our very own loving. (1 Jn 4:12)3. Our explicit love of God clearly brings out our deepest loveof neighbor.
But... However...-By loving our neighbor and offering them help, we travelwith them toward God.-For by loving one’s neighbor, one loves Christ, because allare members of Christ’s Body. But in loving Christ, the Sonof God, one also loves the Father.
1. It is always going beyond itself, always aspiring togreater love.2. It is this radical and unconditional aspect withinour human love of neighbor that reaches out toGod Himself. 3. It also shows up the error of “loving” another only as a means for loving God.
“ Love one another as I have loved you.”-This “ love command,” therefore, is not about somespontaneous emotive reaction, an affective “liking.” Rather, itrefers to repeated acts of will responding to the Christianvocation of following Christ. This Christian love command is not just one criterion, one principle of action, among many. Rather it constitutes the central command of the sovereign Lord and his proclamation of the Kingdom. The love command reveals the presence of God’s love within ours. The love command creates a community of love called to responsible service of one another.
But there is a problem. How do we live it? It involves two problems: 1. motivation 2. ways and means of loving Possible Motivations: 1. Some Christians are morally motivated by sincere obedience to the Law. 2. They are focusing on their final goal and destiny as the basis for their moral action. 3. following the basic approach of this Catechism, fixes on the following of Christ in daily life. 4. An active prayer and sacramental life is needed.
According to:1.) Acts 10:382.) Lk 4:18 Thus, Jesus defined his mission3.) Lk 7:22 in terms of service to his people In relating to others, Jesus had many close friends like his beloved disciple, Lazarus, Martha and Mary. Some examples: 1. Matthew, the tax collector(cf. Lk 6:27 ff 2. Zacchaeus, the loan shark (cf. Lk 19:1ff 3. Mary Magdalene, the public sinner(cf. Mk 16:9) 4. Bartimaeus, the blind beggar (cf. Mk 10:46ff) 5. the ten lepers (cf. Lk 17:11ff); 6. the paralytic at the pool (cf. Jn 5:1ff) 7. the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well (cf. Jn 4:ff
- “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt 19:19)-But Jesus removed all limits to those whom we are called to love, evencommanding “Love your enemies” (Mt 5:44).- He upturned the accepted social priorities in his parable of the “GoodSamaritan” (cf. Lk 10:29-37)-Christ gave his own “new” commandment: “This is my commandment:love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12).B.) effect on his Disciples1.) desire for an ever more intense and total union with Christ theirLord2.) their desire to spread the Good News to others.
C.) community Built-One social result of being drawn to Christ was thenatural desire of the disciples to seek out thecompany of fellow disciples of Christ, thuscreating the first Christian communities.- We develop truly “Christian” moral and spirituallives in the process of learning“how to becomeChurch.”- We thus have a part in the other’s ongoingprocess of conversion and transformation that isinspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Thefirst truth is surely the fact that all “others,” likeoneself, are created in the image and likeness of God. Secondly, Christ died for all and wishes to dwellwithin all through his Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love.Thirdly, the missions of Son and Spirit, sent by the Father, reveal inthe sharpest way possible, the Father’s great love for each andeveryone.Fourthly, the Father’s totally gratuitous love not onlyfurther dignifies all “others,” but also touches each of uspersonally, so we are called to imitate this loveFinally, we are to love others because it is commandedby Christ our Lord “from whom all good things come”
Christian moral tradition has presented at least two major ways ofexercising neighborly love: 1. Corporal and spiritual works of mercy 2. Moral VirtuesCorporal and Spiritual works of mercy- The corporal works of mercyare drawn from St. Matthew’s account of the Last Judgment (cf. Mt25:35f; 42f). They are usually listed as follows: to feed the hungry, givedrink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit those inprison, visit the sick, and bury the dead Spiritual Works of Mercy- These are listed as follows: to instruct the ignorant, admonish the sinner, counsel the doubtful, comfort the sorrowful, bear wrongs patiently, forgive all injuries, and pray for the living and the dead
The second approach views Christian morality in terms of a specificChrist-centered vision, developed in termsof character and virtues, and grounded in the Gospel story.The third approach, the most widespread today, focuses on the life cycle of theperson, aligning the development of moral life with the process of bodily andpsychological development in society.
APPLICATION QUIZSagutin ang mga sumusunod na sitwasyon batay sainyong kalooban. 5 puntos ang bawat isa. (10 x 2= 20 pts.) 1. Bakit ang mga tao ay hindi dinadaan sa mapayapang paraan ang isang alitan o iringan at dinadaan nila ito sa sakitan? (Juan 15:12) (Mateo 19:19) 2. May karanasan ka ba sa buhay mo na kung saan ay nakipagsakitan ka sa iyong kaaway? Paano mo ito nalagpasan? May kapatawaran bang naganap sa pagitan mo at ng iyong kaaway? Patunayan. (Mateo 5:44)