“There is someone I love, even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept, though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive, though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is me.”
—C. S. Lewis
I do not always love myself this way, but often I do. It is this love to which Jesus is referring when he says to “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” If I cannot always love myself this way, surely I will fail to love my neighbor this way. But still, this is the second greatest commandment: love people when I don’t approve of what they do; accept them even though some of their thoughts and actions revolt me; forgive though they may hurt the people I love most.
Jesus does not give us the leniency to love only our friends this way but requires us also to love our enemies this way. And that is a tall order.
Today is St. Valentine’s Day. Let us remember it is a holy day, and let us also remember to love.
Some of our neighbors are in need: