‘God, that’s very
true’ – a remark at our liturgy meeting after the second reading. Jealousy
kills, envy too, and isn’t it great to
rejoice in the good fortune of another?
Love is what we
bring with us at the end of life. ‘We
will be judged in the evening of life by love (St John of the Cross). Love for those near and close, For love in
the gospel is more than love for just the family, the friend, the attractive
one, the neighbour...for all.
different calls to Christian love – near and dear daily love, friendship,
marriage, relationships. The wider world
like in our job where we live in a loving way, in justice with all, not using others for personal gain; the wider world where a universal love makes
me want to make a difference in the bigger world. Love carries us into wide
seas and waters. It involves us with everyone. It obviously doesn’t mean we
relate to everyone – nor that we even like everyone. Love is when others’ lives become at least as
important as our own; and in the deepest loves like marriage, friendship often
and family, others’ lives become even more important.
Love changes – we
look back and see how the people we loved make the difference. Life is too
short to look love in the face and say no.
‘We are moulded and remoulded by those who have loved us, and though
their love may pass, we are nevertheless their work’ ( F Mauriac).
The is the second
reading today is hard to beat! We see
it in action we look at the life of Jesus.
Jesus whose heart is wide enough to love us all, make
our hearts like yours.
Donal Neary SJ.