What does it mean to you to hear the command to love others as Jesus has loved you? In going through my prayer cards, I found the following prayer that answers that question and crystallizes what we discussed in the last post titled, Charity, a.k.a. Love. I hope you like it:
“As You Love Me”
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness, Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity, inflame my heart with love for You and those around me.
Grant, O Lord, that every moment of this day, in all my dealings with others, I may keep in mind Your words, “as long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me.”
Grant that I may rule all my dealings with others according to Your command: “…love one another, as I have loved you.”
Grant that I may think of them as You think of them and of me.
Grant that I may feel toward them as You feel toward them and me.
Grant that I may speak to them and of them as You would, were You in my place.
Grant that I may bear with them as You bear with me.
Grant that I may regard it a privilege “…not to be ministered unto, but to minister.”
Grant that I may seek opportunities of doing good to them in a kindly way – seeing You, serving You, in them.
Place Your thoughts in my mind, Your love in my heart, Your words on my lips – that I may learn to love others as You love me.
Prayer taken from Eternal Life – www.lifeeternal.org
What does this prayer say to you? Do you like it? Let me know by entering a comment.
How does one manifest charity/love? We’ll discuss the answer to that question in our next reflection on the virtue of Charity. Don’t miss it!