The Parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us that we are to love universally and personally. That can be overwhelming and it causes many to retreat and not to love at all. Again, we need to look to Jesus. He didn’t cure or even physically touch every person He saw; but He used every opportunity to love. He turned no one away. That’s our guide. We need to be opportunistic. That requires constant guidance. It’s why we have the Holy Spirit to guide us as to when and how to put His love into action.
I’ve often thought that Jesus could have done so much more if He had spent less time alone in prayer. That’s another example of faulty human reasoning. It’s the time alone with the Father that fueled Him to be an opportunistic lover of men. If we want to love as Jesus loved, we need to spend time with the Father, as He did.
This time alone with God isn’t time for tell Him all we need. He already knows that. It’s like time spent with a friend, time sharing our hearts. It’s time listening and loving. By doing that we learn what concerns Him and we become attune to act on the opportunities the rest of our day presents.
Listen to the Father and learn to love like the Son.