It certainly has been, huh?
Guess I lost inspiration for a minute and felt that I was repeating myself over and over again. Inspiration hit like a ton of bricks, so it must mean time to write, I suppose.
Last weeks homily was about love. Not in the romantic sense, but in the relationship aspect. How the ability to love someone can change your life. Give it new meaning, show you a whole new world outside of your own.
Love isn’t something that you are just magically given. It’s an ability to wake up every morning, making the conscience decision that you’re putting someone or something else in front of your needs and wants. More importantly, if the center of that love is focused on God, than the love He returns to you spreads through the gentle and humbleness you treat others.
Speaking on a personal note, I think one of the problems I have is that I hide behind a wall instead of using my ability to love. It’s a tad bit safer there, and less rejection occurs. Again, not even in the romantic side, think about when you want to do an act of kindness through love and people give you, “the hell do you want?” look and all of a sudden your like, well…that’s that. Go love.
But Jesus challenges use to love, even in the toughest situations. The Gospel reads,
“37 Jesus said to him, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.38 This is the greatest and the first commandment.39 The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22: 37-39
When we think of love, instantly we think of some romantic notion that hallmark created and perfected in a creative card to send out. Love is a selfless act for one another, even someone who may not be the best person to be receiving that love. That’s our standard, not God’s. Because in His eyes, we all deserve love, even if it seems like we aren’t worth it.
So love, and love with all your heart. Because without loving yourself, it makes it difficult to love others. God created us with the ability to love. It would be a bit of a shame to waste.
God Bless and have a great week.