Love Of God And Neighbor

There were reports in the news recently of parthogenesis among black stingrays in the wild. This species is facing extinction and it was a welcome news that some were able to get pregnant asexually. Life will not be denied. It will find a way to preserve itself. This concept was popularized by the first Jurassic Park movie.

Indeed, all living things’ first and most basic instinct is self-preservation. Microorganisms will always strain towards the light, the source of life and energy. Plants will seek a light source to be able to photosynthesize its energy into sustenance. Light is life-giving. It a loving Creator who said, “Let there be light.” And the universe was born. All creation soaks in the light and simply be. Till God created man.

Man, the apex of creation as we know it, is unique in all creation as he alone has wondered and searched for the source of all this light, energy and love. And he comes to the conclusion that the Lord our God is Lord alone, who should be loved for His goodness in creating us. And He should be loved totally and completely with all one’s heart, soul, mind and strength because of this unmerited and improbable gift of life.

All living things struggle for self-preservation. Again, man is unique in all creation in that he finds his ultimate fulfillment in giving his life for others. He lives not for himself alone but man knows that he was made to love the other as much as he loves himself. He was after all made in the image and likeness of his Creator, the God of Love.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
~ Psalm 128

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall 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 shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:28-34

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