October 26, 2008 30th Sunday Year A

Scripture: Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18
Matthew 22:34-40
Let us ask ourselves this question: Do I love God with all my heart, soul and mind? Or only 80%? 50%? 10%? Or do I forget him altogether - especially during weekdays!? Then Jesus says:"Love your fellow human being (neighbour) as yourself."
Now ask ourselves this question: Do I love myself?
If I do not love myself (in the balanced sense that Jesus uses these words), I cannot love others or God. If my heart is diseased with self hate,
constantly comparing myself with others, or is weighed down with resentment and non-forgiveness, there is just no room for love.
In order to love oneself in a heathy way it is absolutely essential to deeply realize that God loves me as I am. His love is unconditional. He loves me, not in spite of my faults, but because of them. That is why He sent His Son to us.
One of the most beautiful, healthy and spiritual exercises I have ever heard of is this. In traditional India for 3,500 years there has been a caste
system. Lowest in caste are the Harajin. A leader from this group influenced by Christ had his followers do this exercise. They looked at themselves in a mirror. They aimed to look right into their own hearts, to see their true selves. Then they prayed this prayer. "O God, you love this me as I am, with a deep love and tenderness."

Try that prayer. Through it you will learn to love yourself, your neighbour and your God in a deeper way.

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