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5/05/2007

All you need is...

In this weekend's Gospel reading Jesus tells his disciples,
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
We often don't live up to Jesus words, but here are some ways others have talked about love following Jesus' command to his disciples:

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love?
—"Where is the Love" The Black-Eyed Peas 2004

All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
All you need is love, all you need is love.
—"All You Need is Love" The Beatles 1967

Christian love, which applies to all,
even to one's enemies,
is the worst adversary of Communism.
—Nikolai Bukharin (1888–1938)

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors,
and also to love our enemies;
probably because they are generally the same people.
—G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek
to be loved as to love.
—Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like.
—Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

For our religion commands us to love even our enemies,
and to pray for those who persecute us,
aiming at a perfection all its own,
and seeking in its disciples something of a higher type
than the commonplace goodness of the world.
For all love those who love them;
it is peculiar to Christians alone
to love those that hate them.
—Tertullian (d. 220-240)

I command you to love each other
in the same way that I love you.
—Jesus Christ (John 15:12)

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  • At 5/05/2007 9:45 AM, Anonymous Linda + said…

    St. Paul chimes in on this topic at Morning Prayer today:

    "Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." (Colossians 3:12)

     

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