Fr. Sanctus Mario
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Reasons We Must Love our Neighbour. Friday 20th Week Ordinary Time


Breakfast With the Word Friday 20th Week Ordinary Time of the Year B


 Matthew 22:34-40 


Among the saints who exemplified what it means to love our neighbour is Mother Teresa of Calcutta. After the death of Mother Teresa, many who recounted her good life shared how she was very open and free to the poor. 


The easiest way that Mother Teresa penetrated every hardened heart is through her works of charity and sincere acts of love. She takes the law to love our neighbour as her first guiding principle. 


 Her life teaches us that when we sincerely love the other person, we do not only win their souls, we also conquer their hearts. 


Today, no one would doubt that he loves God. Yet, there is hardly anyone who is not living in enmity and misunderstanding with another person. Therefore if we love God sincerely, we shall also love one another. 


There are reasons why we must love our neighbour.




1.A Very Important Commandment.



A teacher of the law in order to put Jesus to the test, asks Him which law is the most important commandment? 

Jesus replies him ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself”. 



Our interest today is in the second commandment: “love your neighbour”. We know that no one hates God. But many Christians today are living in hatred and enmity. 


Jesus’ reply shows that after the command to love God with all our hearts, the next important commandment is to love our neighbour. 

The Jews had more than six hundred commandments in the Jewish Law. Among these laws, Jesus’ reply shows that the Love of God and neighbour take the prime position.


Since it takes the first position, we have also to give it, its important place. Let us learn to reconcile with the other person before we say we love God. 




2.If we like let us shout fire from heaven, if we do not love one another, we are wasting our time. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3  

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have no love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have no love, I am nothing. Also, If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have no love, I gain nothing”. 

Therefore, this is in reference to what Jesus says in John 13:35, that it is through loving one another that we can show that we are truly His disciple. 

Therefore, every act of piety we try to exercise is good but we must love our neighbour first. It must take a place of prime importance.



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 It is A Sign that We love God. 

The two greatest commandments are inseparable and connected. John says that whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen (1 John 4:20).



Today, our prayer houses and ministries are filled up to the brim but our households are in shambles. Many families today are in crisis and have long disputes. 


In fact, most of our families today are in a total mess. Many of our families today are in constant fighting and enmity. Yet, we are always the first to shout down fire from heaven. The truth is that we can not love God and hate ourselves. 


Today our country is populated with thousands of churches, healing centres and ministries but still characterised by incessant kidnapping, killing, bribery, corruption and atrocities. 



If we truly love God and practice our faith the rate of crime will surely minimise, for these are what Christianity is preaching against.


If we truly practice our faith, we do not see the reason ten people will never live together in peace not to talk of two or three persons.


Jesus says in Matthew 5:23-24 “ If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First, go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. 



This tells how important this commandment is to God. Jesus makes it clear today that all our Christian practices are hinged on these commandments. 




 A Sign of Discipleship.



Truly we cannot live maiming ourselves and still claim to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. A disciple is one who follows and obeys the master. 


Therefore, we cannot disobey His commands and still claim to be His disciple. Jesus instructs that the only way to show we are His disciples is to love one another (John 13:35). This characteristic feature is what sets us apart from the world. 


Hence, we choose to do otherwise. If we do not find any reason to love the person, let us try and do it because of who we are; children of God. 



Definitely, if the tenets of Christianity are practised, there will be peace in the world and if there is peace, there must be development. But we have left the basis and jumped to the end of the line. 



This is the reason our prayers seems not to cross the heavens. We cannot be praying that God bless us, yet we are instruments of the downfall of the other person. 



We go in the presence of God but we fill our hearts with hatred and wickedness. Our different homes are busied with divisions and disunity. Where then will the blessing come.



 Paul tells Timothy “I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. (1 Timothy 2:8). Let us live in love and unity. Jesus says in the gospel that on these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’



Let us live in love. The easiest way to break hardened hearts is to truly show love to them. 



Who Is Our Neighbour?



Someone may ask who is my neighbour. It is exactly this question that leads to the parable of the good samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. 


Our neighbour is not only the person living near you. He is not only the person you share some family bonds with. Our neighbour goes beyond this to mean every person you come in contact with. 


Therefore your neighbour is also that person you have neglected all this while. He is also that person you are maiming and decimating his name. 



Your neighbour is that person you see along the road every day begging but you pay blind eyes to him. Our neighbour is that person we are quarrelling with for many years now. 



He is the person that we hated for no reason. The true law that guides every Christian is the law of love and not hatred.

Therefore, If every couple, every family, siblings, community, a leader can follow this law wholeheartedly, we shall experience heaven on earth. But we choose the negative and yet come back to blame God when crisis comes. 



2.Our blessings may come from that little child we are maltreating. The ideas you need to succeed may come from that person you think is a failure. That person you are quarrelling with today, that family you are fighting, maybe the people, God puts in your path to help you. 



Many of us who died today would not have died if we made peace with the other person. Many young couples would not have died if they loved their wives without putting eyes outside their matrimonial bed. 



To love your neighbour may be underrated but can open a way, you never expected. Let us live in love and not in hatred. Let us encourage one another rather than living in envy. Behold how pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity (Psalm 133:1). It is like heaven on earth.




May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to live in unity and love. May He never allow you to stumble Amen 



Pray for me as I celebrate my priestly anniversary today.


Happy Anniversary to me and my Classmates….



    Thank you and happy anniversary to you may God bless you and replenish your efforts as you continue to spread His word Amen.

  2. Obinna says

    Amen. Thank you Fr.

    Happy Anniversary to you Padre, may the grace of God continue to be upon you and may He continue to bless and strengthen you as you work in His vineyard. Amen

  3. Danny Hansel says

    Thanks Padre for this wonderful words today.

    Happy Anniversary Padre.
    May the Almighty God bless you beyond your imagination.
    May he lift you above your equal
    May he endow you with more wisdom and knowledge.
    May he keep using you to bless people world wide.
    This is my prayers for you. And I also tap your anniversary blessings from above. Amen.

  4. Ekwem Emmanuela says

    Congratulations fr. May His grace and mercy never depart from you as you continue to serve Him and humanity 🙏

  5. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amen, Happy Anniversary Father, more grace of God upon you and your classmates. Congratulations Fr.

  6. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen thanks Fr. Happy anniversary Fr. may Almighty God continue to bless you in Jesus name Amen.

  7. OKoli Geraldine Ogonna says

    Amen, happy anniversary Father

  8. Mbewu Scholastica Ezinne says

    Amen fr. Happy Priestly Anniversary dear fr. More grace, Strength cum spiritual power.

  9. Cynthia Eze says

    Happy anniversary fr. May God continue to bless you and strengthen u may he give you the grace to continue the good work u are doing in his Vineyard

  10. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Father and happy anniversary to you and your classmates.

  11. FloxzyUc says


    Congratulations father

    As you are working in God’s vain yard may the holy Spirit inspire and direct you always and may his divine blessings and favour overflow upon you as you celebrate your pristly anniversary today.


  12. Alphonsus Inegbedion says

    Thank you Padre for sharing with us the reasons we must love our neighbour as ourselves for therein lies the love of God and a world of love.

    I sincerely congratulate and appreciate God for your life as a gift to a generation of young persons. Five years only and its like you have a decade of experience and depth in breaking down the Word of God for practical living. I pray that the anointing you carry will be ever renewed and you and your classmates will not die untimely but have a fulfilling priesthood in Jesus name. Amen.

    Congratulations and Happy 5 years Priestly Anniversary to you and your brothers. Love you Padre.

  13. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen. Happy priestly anniversary fr. May God bless you immensely. May He guide and protect you all the days of your life. I wish you more unction to function in the Lord’s vineyard

  14. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Happy Anniversary Padre. May your priestly anointing sustain you to the end. Amen. God bless you


    Thank you Father for this wonderful piece.

    May God grant us the grace to understand that love consummates all our acts of devoutness and reverence to God. Without love, our piety is empty and fruitless.

    Happy Anniversary to you Father and to all your colleagues. I pray God to grant you the wisdom and vigour to carry on your Sacred Duties, through Christ our Lord, amen.

  16. Mary says

    Happy priestly anniversary, padre. May God continue to be your source of strength and keep you ever strong and favoured. Amen. We love u padre.

  17. Carmela U. E. says

    Amen! & Amen!. Thanks & God bless you too Fr. Once again, happy Priestly Anniversary to you. Remain Blessed 🙏

  18. Prince Gee says

    Amen and same blessings to you as you mark your priestly Anniversary…
    But Padre, did you say 5th by mistake or is this year really your 5th…? If so, I’m so short of words because your weight/worth rings bell more than that by far-rrrrh…!

  19. Eze Chizoba Amuche says

    Amen, may God give us the grace to love, Happy anniversary Padre

  20. Ogbonna kyrian says

    Amen,happy anniversaries father

  21. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God we need your Grace so that we can love ourselves and as well love our fellow human being.
    Congratulations Fr. Happy anniversary and many more years of God’s grace and strength

  22. Anyanwu Chiamaka Lilybel says

    Happy Anniversary to you and your classmates Padre. May God continue to strengthen you all and fill you all with his wisdom🙏

  23. Omeke Kelechukwu Philomena says

    Thank you Fr and Happy Priestly Anniversary.
    May God continue to strengthen you as shepherd His flocks. May He continue to use you to win souls for Him.

    Congratulations and wishing many more years in Priesthood. Amen

  24. Helen says

    Amen! Thank you Padre for all you do. May God continue to grant you increase in all ramifications. Cheers to another beautiful year. Happy anniversary Padre to you and your class mates. God’s grace and blessings always 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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