First Love God, Then Love Neighbor

First Love God, Then Love Neighbor

Reflection: Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27

In order that love for our neighbor be entirely right, God must have His part in it; it is not possible to love our neighbor as we ought to do, except in God. Now he that does not love God can love nothing in Him. We must therefore begin by loving God, and so love our neighbor in Him.

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – 1153)