Love of Neighbor

The Last Seven Commandments

“I give you a new commandment: love another; you must love one another just as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

A story is told of a suburban man driving to work in the city. Each day he had to pass by a shelter for hungry and homeless people. On a particularly cold day he noticed a long line of needy people lined up around the block waiting for the center to open and dispense its morning fare of coffee and donuts. The scene depressed the man. So he cried out to the Lord, “Why don’t you do something about this miserable scene? Why do you allow this suffering to go on?”

As the man drove into the parking lot at his place of work, he distinctly heard an inner voice speak to him. It was the Lord. And the Lord said, “I did do something about it. I made you!”

This story reminds us that the Lord has chosen each of us to be His caring hands, His voice of truth, His compassionate eyes. He uses us to accomplish His work, to bring His love into the world.

“In the evening of life, we shall be judged by love.” –St. John of the Cross