A Love Story

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Holy Father’s call for mission.

I often tell my friends, especially my friends who do not have children, that I didn’t realize the full meaning of the word love, until I became a father. You see, the English language doesn’t allow us more words than love to express a number of emotional attachments. We love our favorite movies, our favorite foods, our favorite authors, our parents, our spouses and of course our children. I dare to say that all of these feelings are as different as night and day, but we struggle with the lack of precision in the language.We get by with this one word, because we all understand the feelings we have for food are in no way related to how we feel about our family.

I guess that we all sort of feel there is not enough love in the world today. We talk daily of wars, acts of terrorism, crime and things that don’t resemble love in the least. There are many who say there is little love left in the world.

When I asked myself this question, I thought of the world and I stopped looking at the world through the big lens and started thinking about people; individuals; people like you and me.

Most of us in the room, were witness to the tragedy of 9-11. When people called, scared, not knowing what would happen, I doubt that any of these people called their old or current enemies and railed at them. Their hearts were not full of hate or vengeance. Their hearts and minds were reaching out to talk to the ones they loved, to share a moment in their uncertainty. To tell them one last time, how much they loved them.

The most incredible message I believe that Christianity gives us is the overwhelming love that God has for us. All throughout the bible we are given different examples of his love and how this love manifest itself. We are after all, his children, and his love for us and patience with us is endless. As parents, we certainly understand the need for patience.

God Loves us:

In Proverbs 8:17; God talks about his love for the faithful. "I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

How deep is God’s love?:

Paul wrote to the Ephesians trying to explain the differences in the old way and the new covenant through Christ. 3:18 is part of a prayer for spiritual strength “And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”

Jesus himself described the Father’s love in Matthew. “God’s love is pure. Because He is love, He loves to give. He gives good things to those who ask Him” Matthew 7:11

1 John 4:8 “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

God displays the ultimate love for us:

The most widely quoted bible verse in all history is John 3:16. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

1 John 4:9-12

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

He commands us to love:

Ephesians 5:28-29 “So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church.”

John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

God Bless and may the love of Jesus Christ shine through you in your daily lives.