James Tissot (1836-1902) Les pharisiens questionnent Jésus gouache over graphite on gray wove paper, between 1886 and 1894 Brooklyn Museum
“Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
My purpose for today and every day: to love as Jesus commanded — not asked, but commanded.
Love has many aspects: kindness, respect, courtesy, civility, compassion, patience, humility, forgiveness.
Today I will follow Jesus and choose one aspect of love to practice with God, myself, and my neighbor.
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
Today I will do my best to embody honor, justice, purity, loveliness, graciousness, and excellence in all my relationships. I will give praise to God for our beautiful world and my family and friends. I will be a peaceful presence at home, in my community, and in the world.
James Tissot (1836-1902) The Calling of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew gouache over graphite on gray wove paper, between 1886 and 1894 Brooklyn Museum
Jesus said to his disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15
Peter has spent long hours and many months with Jesus. He has come to know the compassion of God manifested in every word and touch of Jesus.
This is the key to the Kingdom of God: knowing God’s love in my heart and letting it overflow to all people with words and actions that reveal kindness, gentleness, respect, encouragement, justice, and healing.
Ilyas Basim Khuri Bazzi Rahib (Egyptian, active ca. 1684) Jesus and the Canaanite Woman Ink and pigments on laid paper The Walters Art Museum
But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” Matthew 15:25
The COVID and racism pandemics are feeding a number of demons. As the demons of distress, anxiety, and fear attempt to infiltrate my mind, body, and spirit, I do my best to stay aware of their effect on me and ask the Lord to help me. I trust he hears and answers me.