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Love – A Reflection

February 14, 2020

Today is Valentine’s Day. Remember the cards and candy hearts we used to get as children? I remember it well. I also remember the challenge when an awkward kid missed out on so much of the Valentine’s magic. For so many kids it was not the best of times.

As we grow older, we begin to realize that love is so much more than candy hearts and cards. Love is what keeps you going in the midst of the darkness. Love is what lifts you out of despair and into the light. Love redeems… restores… heals… brings hope….

Or as the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:13 — Faith, Hope, and love abide these three; and the greatest of these is love. Two of my spiritual mentors have something to say about love. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said the following in his Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech: I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.

Can you imagine a world where unconditional love will have the final say? Can you imagine a world where these words Thomas Merton shared with Dorothy Day were also the final say? Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.

That is the sort of love I wish we could focus on as a world on Valentine’s Day and every day.

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