“And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you.” - 1 Thessalonians 3:12.
One peculiar feature of Christians is that they continue to rise and rise, over time, both spiritually and materially. Since the spiritual aspect is more important, we should be growing in Christian virtues, especially in the quality of love, as stated in the text for today. When it is well grounded in one, he could even stretch his hands to the needy who are afar off. Thus we have seen appeals going out from one corner of the world beset by calamity to other nations and seen how responses have come. We have seen global reactions to droughts, earthquakes, epidemics, floods, volcanic eruptions, wars victims, etc. through the efforts of governments, Non-governmental Organisations and individuals, millions of people have been mobilized to help people they will never meet. However, this sense of “global citizenship” is not incompatible with feelings connected to one's immediate neighbours, those living close to one geographically. Indeed, some have contended, and rightly so, that the extent to which we are affected by global changes reinforce our sense of solidarity with people affected by emergency situations. “And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” - 1 John 4:21.