‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ― Matthew 22:36-40
Jesus taught that love is to have compassion (not lust) for others, to be a charitable servant, and to forgive even your enemies. He taught goodness, peace, and self-control and warned against the desires of the flesh. He taught that love is selfless and is a decision to do what is best for others, particularly in helping souls attain eternal life. “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
Pope Francis in these photos reminds us of another of Jesus’ teachings: to love the forgotten, the unwanted, the uncared for, and the outcasts that the world ignores. Pope Francis even decided to celebrate Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper in a juvenile detention facility and washed the feet of some of the young detainees. His decision reflects on the call to imitate Christ by serving one another, especially in prisons, hospitals, and shelters for the poor and marginalized.