“Which is the first of all the commandments? … This is the first: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the One Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You must love your neighbour as yourself’” (Mark 12: 29-32)
The commandment to love is what I prefer to call “The Commandment of Life.” Because love is life and to live is to love. God who created us in His image and likeness is Love. St. john tells us clearly that “God is love” (1 John 4: 8, 16). It follows that if we were created in His image we should be like Him, we too should be love. It means then that we could only realise the fullness of our identity when we can love The One Who created us, and the ones He created in His image as well. The second reason we should love God is because He loved us first (1 John 4: 19). But how can we show that we love Him since we do not see Him? St. John again tells us that we can demonstrate our love for God, Whom we do not see, by loving our neighbours, whom we can see (1 John 4: 20). The love of God and the love of neighbour are interrelated and interwoven. They are inseparable. Let us open the eyes of our hearts to see one another as a beloved child of God created in His image and likeness and embrace him/her with warmth and compassion.