An interesting question from an old song – do you remember it? In today’s Gospel we learn from Jesus that love is everything. Love has everything to do with it – with life and living! As Christians we are called to love God with our whole being; the being that was made in God’s image; then to love our neighbor as ourselves.
It might seem that loving God would be the easier part, for loving our neighbor is many times a challenge. But honestly, I think loving God is more the challenge. You see to love God we must first know God. We must understand who he is and we need to be in relationship
with him. It is possible on the other hand to love one’s neighbor (humanity) from afar; we can love them without really knowing each of them personally. Loving God calls for a personal relationship with One we cannot see in the flesh. Consequently, we must be ever-mindful of our need to nurture our relationship with God.
How does that happen in your life? How much time do you give to God in the course of a day? Surely, when we say our prayers or attend Mass God comes to mind. But having God on our mind and consciously working to build our relationship with him are two different things. We must be deliberate in giving God our attention. He waits to hear from each one of his children. We cannot rush from one task to another and not acknowledge the presence of God with us. Our baptism marked the beginning of our coming to know God and each moment of each day we have the opportunity to build and make stronger our personal relationship with Him.
Are you able to see God in the people with whom you share life; at home, at work, at school, in public settings?
Are you aware of the love of God that surrounds you or are you too busy with your own agenda to notice? On any given day there are multiple opportunities for us to know God in a more personal way; witnessing the beauty of the autumn colors, receiving the kindness of a stranger who allows you to enter into a stream of morning traffic, a phone call from an old friend, the warmth of a hug or even a wet kiss from your puppy. And when you are in church, do you engage in the liturgy, really engage: attentively listening to the Word of God, actively
participating in the Mass and Eucharist? Do you sincerely ask for God’s forgiveness and thank him for the abundant blessings in your life? In all of these life events we experience the love of God and acknowledging that love serves to build our relationship with Him.
God is love. To know God is to know love. To know love allows us to love our neighbor. How wise the order of the greatest Commandment: “Love God with your whole being, then love your neighbor as yourself.”
Have a wonderful week!
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC