6th Sunday of Easter
"Alter Christus" is not just for priests or religious; it is for all of us. We are "alter Christus" only when we have love our in our hearts that is concretely lived out.
As we tend to distinguish human from divine love, remember that human love can only be possible if founded on God who is love. And much of the sufferings and poverty in this world are brought about by a skewed image of love. In the Acts of the Apostles, in the Christian communities, "nobody is found wanting". Pope Benedict in his encyclical "Deus Caritas Est" mentions real love: "It is possible to give without loving; but it is impossible to love without giving." A natural consequence of real love is generosity. Other than this, it becomes purely selfish and self-seeking.
Heed Jesus' commandment to love, "Love one another as I have loved you." Then he says further on, "You are my friends if you do what I command you."
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