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MAKE US OUTGOING First of all we are outgoing to God. We stop being self-centered and we enter into a living friendship with God. This friendship makes it possible for us to direct our love to the men and women around us. When we love them, we love God. When we do not love them, we do not love God.


LOVE IS FOUND IN In the community of the Church love is found in DEEDS


deeds, not in words. It is easy to say, “I love you.”


1 Cor 13 It is easy to tell people that God loves them. simply a word that we use, then our love is cheap.


If love is It is not what you


say that counts; it is what you do that counts. If we live in a community of love, then that love has to be spelled out in our lives. We must show each other that God is the most important person in our lives. And we must treat each man and woman as a special gift of the Spirit.


LOVE IS THE SOURCE Love is the source of unity in the Church. This OF UNITY IN THE unity is on two levels. God loves us and when we CHURCH respond to that love we are united to him in the Mt 22: 34-40


person of Jesus. On the second level, the loving


friendship with God unites us in Jesus to all men and women of faith. It is in the Church, the community of love, that Jesus continues to overcome the dividing forces of selfishness.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN John 15, 8-17: Live in love Footnotes:


15, 13: For one’s friends…or: “those whom one loves.” words for love are related to the Greek agapao. In 9-13a, the In 13b-15, the words


for love are related to the Greek phileo. For John, the two roots seem synonymous and mean “to love.”


15, 15: Slaves. . .friends…in the Old Testament, Moses, Joshua and David were called “servants” or “slaves of Yahweh”; only Abraham was called a “friend of God.”


John 15, 8-17 8 By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much


fruit and become my disciples. 9 As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.


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