Jesus taught us “to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind and with our whole strength…and our neighbor as ourselves.” This love triumphs over all else. In fact, St. Paul of the Cross said, “Love teaches us everything, because the Passion, with its bitter sorrow, is the work of infinite love.”
We have the theme that should govern our lives, but too often we get bogged down with the minutiae of life, the rules and regulations, the oughts and ought nots. How often have we made judgments, based on whether something is a choice between black and white, right and wrong, in or out? Our dualistic nature prevents from us from seeing the whole picture. That condition causes us to lose sight of the simple message: LOVE! Jesus constantly reminded us, as He does in today’s gospel, it’s not about the law, it’s about love!
This summer, our family spent time together on the beach. Our oldest granddaughter got sick. Her two teenaged brothers could very easily have just ignored her and gone about their business. But they didn’t …they tended to her needs and comforted her! We parents and grandparents were impressed to say the least, because they are often preoccupied with inventing ways to annoy her. But at this tender moment they chose compassion out of love for their sister.
Jesus tells us, “I am the way, the truth and the life; nobody comes to the Father, except through me”. Focusing on Jesus’s message, incorporating it into our daily lives, we begin to understand, to see the bigger picture and see life through the lens of love. When we are able to do that, we can experience what St. Paul of the Cross says, “Love teaches us everything!”
Deacon Lee E. Packard