The Challenge to Love

Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners. Mark 2:17

This was Jesus’ response to the question “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He did not fear the Pharisees’ accusation that he was hanging around the “wrong crowd.”

Our Lord knew exactly what he was doing and why. He gave us the greatest commandment, “Love one another.”

But notice he did not add caveats such as: Love those who are near you, love those who are most like you, love when you feel comfortable, love those who are able to reciprocate.

He simply said to love each other.

Often times the people who most need love are the ones who are least lovable.

Jesus stepped outside the comfort zones of his time so that we might be compelled to do likewise.

Approach this day with an open heart, and look for an opportunity to show love to someone who is difficult, broken, unappealing or different.

Stretch yourself to love beyond your lines.

Author: Kristin Armstrong Living Faith Daily Catholic Devotions, Saturday, January 16th.

January 2021.