Day 54: Love Thy Neighbor

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Happy Sunday!

This morning I went for 6am Sunday mass with my parents. The mass was celebrated by Father Pidyarto O.Carm (one of my favorite priests – if I may say) and his homily was taken from the readings. First reading was taken from Leviticus 19:1-2; 17-18, second reading from 1Cor 3: 16-23 and the Gospel from Matthew 5: 38-48.

Father summed up the lining point, and he said that loving others meant more than just not doing bad things, but more than that. Love meant doing good things toward others. Love meant ready to forgive others.

The simplest example is the friendship between my niece and her best friend, Lia. The picture above was the half-finished picture of my niece and Lia. One day, my niece went home crying and told her mom that Lia did not want to play with her at school. She was very sad and unable to control her feeling. She said that she did the best she could – share her snacks or invite Lia to come over every Saturday. To calm her down, her mother called Lia and let them speak. Lia told my niece that everything is going to be okay, and tomorrow they will play together again. And they were back again as best friend the next day.

Forgiveness is not easy, but that is the ultimate point of loving others.

“He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart”
(St. Faustina)

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