Love - How We Remain in God
Jesus gives us this command, “As I have loved you, so should you love one another.” Love, it is the major commandment over anything else given to us by Jesus. And what’s not to like about that commandment? – Go and love others. It sounds warm and wonderful until we encounter the challenge of that command. We are called to love not only those who love us or give love back to us. We are also called to love those who cannot or will not return any such love that we give them, from our families to our enemies to those who are poor to those who are marginalized.
Our love is made real when we give of ourselves, when we empty ourselves in service of others, as our Savior did. According to Pope Francis, Christian love is always “concrete.”
Love is not a kind of romanticism: either it is a selfless and solicitous love which rolls up its sleeves and looks to the poor, preferring to give rather than to receive; or it has nothing to do with Christian love.
“If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.” (1 John 4:12) The experience of faith is found in this double “remaining.”
—Vatican Radio, Pope Francis, Mass celebrated at the Casa Santa Marta, January 9, 2014