In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us “a new commandment” to love one another, as he has loved us.
Just what does that commandment mean to us? We get some indication by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians when he describes love to us in some detail. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous, it does not boast, it is not quick tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrong doing but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
That is one tall order! But what does that say to us in our daily existence? Of all the things that Scripture instructs us to do, it is my belief that this directive is about all we need. Love one another…
Now as you all know-I am not Paul and this is not Corinth. So I’ll give you my brief but sincere take on this “New Commandment” from Colleen to the Sunfish Lakeians.
Love is steadfast, love listens, love cares-deeply, love is fearless, and love shows up. Love is relentless, love in unconditional, love is difficult.
It has no beginning, it has no end, love IS the alpha and the omega. Love is divine, love is our birthright, and it is our duty, our responsibility, our call. Love is our origin and our destiny. It is the reason you and I are here together today.
If you and I are busy and we are, there is a certain amount of prioritizing that needs to take place. I believe that love is the one thing that always has to be first, the #1 priority. Without love we can’t thrive, we can’t even exist. I’ll say it again, love is our origin and our destiny, and it is part of our very being. When I frequently quote the Trappist Monk who said,
“You are the breath of God that God is still breathing” I am referring to the idea that the Divine spark of love dwells within all of us.
That denotes the source and essence of the love that dwells within every one of us, the divine love of our Triune God-our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Holy Spirit. That breath, that love, that Divine Spark is our gift and our responsibility. Today, I am happy to be able to celebrate that love with all of you.