“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Jesus quoting Deuteronomy 6:5
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus quoting Leviticus 19:18
Love the Lord…
…with all your heart – Love God the way God loves you: without condition; never failing; infinitely wide, long and deep.
…with all your soul – Love God for who God is, not for what God does or what can be received through God.
…with all your mind – Pursue a relationship with God through faith, hope and love rather than through compliant deeds. “Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.” St. Therese
…with your heart – God’s love is perfect so that we don’t have to be. Love yourself in spite of your flaws and imperfections.
…with your soul – God created you in God’s own image and God is love. Love yourself by absorbing the Gospels and embracing God’s perfect love.
…with your mind – Simply love yourself now, don’t wait for a loving affirmation from another. “Until God’s love is enough, nothing else will be.” R. Swope
Love your neighbor …
…with your heart – Love of God yields compassion for our neighbors and compassion for our neighbors makes our love of God visible.
…with your soul – Loving expressions of charity are expressions of love for God.
…with your mind – Love all neighbors, even those who behave badly. Everybody counts. Everybody matters.
Matthew 22: 34-40 Sunday October 23, 2011
Agnes Ann Mills