O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Divine Charity Towards Neighbor

35th Sunday after Pentecost
Apostle: Col 3:12-16
Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience: Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection: And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God.

Sure, we are to be charitable towards one another, but loyalty towards God and rejection of the world is above all, or else our charity towards our neighbor is empty vanity. If our charity towards our neighbor does not lead them to the love of Christ and away from the empty pleasures of the world, what good is it? If our charity towards them cannot do that then it is not from Christ in the first place. We are to love our neighbor, but love of God both comes first and is greater (we love our neighbor as ourselves, but love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind-Mt 22:37-40). We love our neighbor for the sake of God that His Love might be lit in them and they be joined to God and no longer to the pleasures of this world. That is why God had us love them in the first place. All else is a temptation.