“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 13:34

a Light for my path.Psalm 119:105

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“A new command I give you: Love one another.

As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

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– John 13:34 (NIV).

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REFLECTION…

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The world has degraded the definition of the word “love”

to a sexual activity.

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When Jesus commanded us to love one another,

He was not talking about having sex with one another,

but about loving, purely, like He did;

about generous self-donation without concern for reward.

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Sexual, physical love, if lived in the order willed by God,

is for Christian spouses and helps them more deeply experience

– by uniting them as one –

the beauty and dignity of the unconditional and self-giving love

that they should have for each other.

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Finally, as believers, we know and understand,

that faithfulness to Christ means being faithful to Him as a person

and also to His teachings.

We must never forget what He Himself told us,

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (Jn 14:15)

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QUOTE…

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“Love…does not seek its own interests.”

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– 1 Corinthians 13:5

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“The secularisation of love

consists in detaching human love in all its forms from God,

reducing it to something purely “profane,”

in which God is out of place and even an annoyance.”

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– Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

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PRAYER…

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Lord God, Almighty Father,

grant that I will love like Your Son Jesus did,

and in accordance to Your will.

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Remove all selfishness from my love for others;

remove all bias from my feelings.

Help me love like Jesus loved.

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Father, because You are Love

my desire is to honour You

in the way in which I express my love

for all those who You place in my path,

for my friends, my family and my spouse.

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Remove from me all misguided notions of self-fulfilling love

and fill me till overflowing with Your glorious love.

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