The Greatest of These is Love
This Sunday in St. Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth we hear a very familiar message that in essence gives us a simple answer as to how we, as Christians are to live. He speaks of LOVE. With familiar phrases like; if I speak in human and even angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. In other words, my speaking, my words, mean nothing – they are just noise with no real value. If I can comprehend all knowledge and even if I have faith enough to move mountains, I still have nothing if I do not have love. This is the message of Jesus Christ! Jesus proclaimed as he began his ministry that the Kingdom of God was at hand, he was the fulfillment spoken of the Scripture and he came with the greatest of all Commandments: Love God, love your neighbor. Total simplicity! Then why is it that humanity struggles so to live that Commandment? Why is it that we hear these sacred words about how to live and even though deep in our hearts we desire to love others, something gets in the way?
That something is sin. We are human, not divine. We are weak, not strong. Yes, we pray for strength, we pray for wisdom, we pray for patience, but we struggle to live and love as Jesus Christ. Every day, the world seemingly presents us with all the answers regarding our happiness.
We will be happy and able to love if we have enough money. We will be able to love like Jesus when all of our needs have been met. We will know the joy of life when we have all we desire and we can do want we want, when we want. The world and all its messages are leading us in the wrong direction. We will not find happiness and joy in what this world has to offer. We will find happiness and joy when we learn to love, to love as Jesus loved. And Jesus chose the poor, the suffering, the sick to show us how to love. Some of the poor, the suffering, the sick in our world can be found in our own families, in the people we are called to love on a daily basis. Let us begin there. The Commandment is to love and when we love our families, our families will grow in that love and by it the poor, the suffering, the sick of the world will be loved and cared for. The solution to all that is wrong with the world is LOVE. But to love in all circumstances is not easy. Jesus is challenging us. He knows we have the capacity to love for we are made in His image. Only with Jesus in our heart, can we grow in love and share that love in the Kingdom of God, here and now. Let us together pray that our hearts and minds remain open to love that all might come to know such an incredible gift!
Blessings and love,