ASH WEDNESDAY
February 13, 2002
volume 13, no. 28

Love the sinner, but hate the sin!
        "Let us look at the Lord's command, 'Love thy neighbor as thyself' How do you love yourself? You cerrtainly love yourself. When you come to the theater, you pick out a pretty good seat for yourself; when you go to buy some clothes, you do not say, 'Now this looks very bad on me, but I shall take it anyway.' When you look over the bill of fare and some rich relative is paying the bill, you do not order a hamburger.

        Though you love yourself, still there are some things you do not love about yourself. You do not love yourself when you are 'catty'; you do not love yourself when you are unkind to someone; you do not love yourslef when someone calls up on the phone, and you, thinking it was someone other than the boss, called him 'Old Baldy.' You do not love yourself when you are grumpy, insulting, and in general when you make a fool of yourself.

        You find you love yourself in prosperity and adversity; when you are hungry and when you are filled; when you are rich and when you are poor; when you are too tired to talk and when you are loquacious. The neighbor ought to be loved that way.

        Furthermore, what you love about yourself is the image of God in you; what you do not love about yourself is the ruination of that image. We are to love our neighbor that way. We are to love the sinner but hate the sin. We must always love him as a sinner. We love our enemies but hate their enmity of Justice and Truth. The erring person we receive into the treasury of our souls, but never the error into the treasury of our wisdom.


February 13, 2002
volume 13, no. 28
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