Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Today, in Mercy, we are presented with a most powerful reading from John:
Beloved, let us love one another
because love is of God.
But many of us miss the power of this invitation. We read it like a valentine, seeing shining hearts connecting us to those we already favor. God’s love doesn’t look like that.
God’s love is like this:
- standing at the border looking, in between barbed wire, for a chance to welcome
- keeping vigil at a stranger’s hospital bedside
- pouring prayer and courageous guidance over an addicted child
- vigilantly engaging government for just and humane policy
- spending time, interest and care with those who cannot command it of us
God’s love is always near the poor, the sick, those caught in the unraveling edges of a greedy, selfish society.
We see this love in today’s Gospel. It lifts up five loaves, two fish, and spins them into nourishment for thousands. Such is the power of this awesome love.
So let us begin, in the small invitations our life will offer us today, to love like that.
Doing so, we come to more clearly know God Who loves us first and always.
Music: Where Love Is Found – Dan Schutte (Lyrics below)
Where Love is Found – Dan Schutte
Where charity and love are found,
there will the face of God be seen.
The love of Christ will bind our hearts;
as one body we will be.
Love is patient, love is kind,
never boastful, never proud.
Love is hopeful in its waiting,
ever trusting in Gods light.
Love is steadfast to the end,
ever ready to endure.
Love is gracious in its kindness,
ever ready to forgive.
Though I speak with angels tongue,
I am nothing more than sound.
I am but a cymbal clanging
if I sing without God’s love.
There are three things that will last:
there is faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of all blessings
is the faithfulness of love.