“Brotherly Love” © Greg Olsen | Christian Art by Greg Olsen
This painting is entitled “Brotherly Love” because of its particular imagery but hopefully it’s also a reminder of love as a wonderful all-encompassing experience.
Addressing this topic, Fr. Richard Rohr said, “Authentic love is of one piece. How you love anything is how you love everything. Jesus commands us to “Love our neighbors as we love ourselves,” and he connects the two great commandments of love of God and love of neighbor, saying they are “like” one another (Matthew 22:39). So often, we think this means to love our neighbor with the same amount of love—as much as we love ourselves—when it really means that it is the same Source and the same Love that allows each of us to love ourself, others, and God at the same time! That is unfortunately not the way most people understand love, compassion, and forgiveness—yet it is the only way they ever work. How you love is how you have accessed Love.”
by Greg Olsen