I am online a lot. A lot. I spend a significant portion of my week either writing, sharing my writing, or connecting with people through social media and texting. I also consume a lot of media– television, movies, music, literature, news, podcasts; you name it and I’ve probably at least heard of it, if not have consumed some of it, or I’m a big fan of it. But these are really just more ways of connecting with people, society, and culture, and that is important to me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to connect with people– through speech and conversation, through writing and storytelling, through entertainment. Some sort of relationship with people has always been the forefront of my thoughts and actions.
In a certain way, this is what God wants with us, too. He wants to connect with us through creation, His Word, Himself, and through other people and, because of this, it is very important to love one another in all things we do or say. This is, after all, the second greatest commandment Christ gives us: “You shall love…your neighbor as yourself” (cf. Luke 10:25-28). St. John expounds further upon this when he writes, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 John 4:20-21).