Today’s Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
We know what it means to love the Lord, our God, with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our minds. But do we know what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves?
Perhaps not, when we pause to consider what that actually means. It seems simple enough at first glance: we are supposed to love others the way we love ourselves. But do we love ourselves? I would wager that for at least one moment in every woman’s life, the answer has been no. The body that has borne and nourished our children isn’t trim enough. The work we do as daughters, sisters, mothers, wives, and friends isn’t good enough. In short, there are moments when we don’t see ourselves as fearfully and wonderfully made.
This is certainly the case for me; I have always been my harshest critic. But do I treat my neighbors this way? I would like to think the answer is no. So often, we place the emphasis of this gospel passage on the well-being of our neighbors. But in truth, we must also place the emphasis on us. If we are to follow that first commandment and love God with everything we’ve got, then we have to learn to love the most important part of his creation: us.
In what areas of your life are you the most self-critical? How can you learn to see yourself the way God sees you?
Heavenly Father, You call us to love You above all and our neighbors as ourselves. Give us the grace to see ourselves as You see us: fearfully and wonderfully made.
Copyright 2017 Ginny Kochis
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