Jesus’ New Commandment: The Purest Air We Breath

Source: Book “Paiva Netto and the Proclamation of the New Commandment of Jesus – The Heroic Saga of Alziro Zarur (1914-1979) on Earth,” October 2009. | Updated in October 2020.

When I was 18 years old, I wrote down a thought I have presented in my talks and lectures for decades: Love is not the vile expression of desire. It reaches far beyond, above earthly mistakes, while also being a part of human beings, keeping them morally alive. As an unremovable factor of beings, it generates life. Since it is everywhere, it is everything. Therefore, those who do not love cannot consider themselves civilized, neglecting the Law of Spiritual, Human, and Social Solidarity of Jesus, the highest leader on this planet, who said: “Love one another, as I have loved you. Only by this shall all of you be recognized as my disciples.” (The Gospel according to John 13:34 and 35)

Therefore, it is in the realm of the Spirit, rather than between the legs of females and males, that the headquarters of Love can be found.

Human beings—who are much more than sex, stomach, and intellect—are not the end. They represent the beginning of things on Earth. The end is the Eternal Spirit, which, in its turn and beyond the frontiers of this planet, is the starting point of a never-ending evolution. Love is neither old nor new. It is eternal, because it is God.

And just like blood, circulating all over our body, adds oxygen and nutrition to human cells, Love, while reaching the most profound parts of our Spirit, fertilizes it and gives it full life. 

This is how I finished the page I wrote in 1959, which inspires me to conclude that the purest air we breathe is the Love of the New Commandment of Jesus. And what is more: The food that nourishes us (when prepared with affection and away from toxins) is the Highest Love. But if we cannot be fed with toxin-free products, this same Love purifies our nourishment.

José de Paiva Netto is a writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, composer, and poet. He is the President of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), effective member of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and of the Brazilian International Press Association (ABI-Inter). Affiliated to the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Writers of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Radio Broadcasters of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC). He is also a member of the Academy of Letters of Central Brazil. He is an author of international reference in the concept and defense of the cause of Ecumenical Citizenship and Spirituality which, according to him, constitute “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul, the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition, the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Justice, Mercy, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Fraternal Love.”