Little Children

‘Living out the two great commandments doesn’t oblige me

to become friends with the entire body of Christ;

it obliges me to stop marking their iniquities

and instead to help them stand before the Lord.’

~ The Little Way of Lent

Fr. Gary Caster

‘…the Pharisees… gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’

Matthew 22:34-40 (NRSVA)

‘When Jesus gave His apostles a new commandment, it [was]

no longer a question of loving one’s neighbour as oneself,

but of loving them as He, Jesus, has loved them.’

~ The Little Way of Lent

Fr. Gary Caster

‘Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

John 13:33-34 (NRSVA)


I love love LOVE the fact that Jesus calls His disciples little children. Thank you, Lord, that I don’t have to be a grown-up when I’m with you! Thank you that it is enough to hold your hand and trust, even when I get it wrong.

I have never before considered the impact of Jesus’ ‘new commandment’ until reading The Little Way of Lent. Not only are we to love one another as we love ourselves, but we are to love as Jesus loved. That is mind-blowing. I see how far I am from this but, so I am learning, this great love must not and cannot happen in my own strength – it can only happen by grace, one step at a time.

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