07 Oct You Shall Love (Lk 10:27) by Dr. Rich Reich
“He said in reply, ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.'” ~ Luke 10:27 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: The underlying sickness of our divorce culture is the demeaning sense of possession. Lovers can speak of “belonging” to one another if they understand the proper limits of this language (i.e., the equal sharing of the gift of God’s love). The divorce culture suffers from lust, which leads to the demeaning sense of possession. The object I possess acquires a certain meaning for me since it is at my disposal and I avail myself of it (i.e., I use it). The “other” only has value so far as she (from the male perspective) is “useful” for me. As soon as she is not, she is no longer “loved.” At this point another more “useful” person will be sought; another person from whom I can more easily get the enjoyment I seek. This empty, counterfeit, possessive “love” is the root for many “unwanted” pregnancies, which unfortunately often leads to abortion. God is love; therefore, if men and women are to “belong” to each other in love, they must first belong to Christ.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Love is not self-gratifying. Love is a gift from God to be given to others. Help share the true meaning of God’s love with others and stop the perpetuation of the divorce culture.
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Feast Day: St. Artaldus
Faith Quote: “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~ Mother Teresa
Through Christ our Lord,