Dear Parish Family,
As the Beatles song goes, "all you need is love…"
Although it is nowhere near Valentine's Day, the past week or so has found me noticing all kinds of "love" all around me. Even in places I never expected to find it!
It started on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. The Trinity itself shows us the love within the three persons of the Trinity. The love between the Father and the Son is so complete, so perfect, that the Holy Spirit is that love. Usually shown as a dove, the symbol of love, and used often at marriages in the time of Jesus.
Next, Fr. Joseph asked me to assist him at a ceremony for a couple that wanted to renew their marriage vows on their 45th wedding anniversary. They mentioned the key to their staying together included a sense of humor, mutual respect, and a deep feeling of love and dependence on God and their Faith.
Third, I attended a surprise birthday party and was taken by the love between the "60 year old birthday boy" and his immediate family, and also the extended family members that were there.
Fourth, was the parish meeting when Fr. Tim explained his studies on the New Evangelization. A key part is a deep feeling of love of God in the life of the believer. (I didn't take notes at the meeting, so please excuse me if this isn't 100% accurate!)
Finally, when I read the latest issue of the Catholic Spirit. I was compelled to read the short piece by the Pope entitled "Open to the power of the Holy Spirit" where he wrote, "the Holy Spirit brings us to Jesus…even now, with the Father and the Son, the Spirit dwells in our hearts." I associated the use of the word "heart" with the place where our love comes from!
So you see in a few short days I found myself noticing: the love within our God, the love in a marriage, the love of our God, the love of the Faith, the love within a family, the love of a believer, and the love that God placed in all of our hearts…the love of the Holy Trinity! As perfect and complete as it can be!
Although we read in our Bible that "God is love" (1 John 4:8b), and that "the love of Christ surpasses all understanding" (Ephesians 3:19a) the Pope tells us that we all have that very same love in all of our hearts. Even though we don't fully understand it, it's there. Even if we choose not to use it, it's there. And no matter what we do, it never disappears from our hearts or is ever taken away by our God.
It's no wonder that our God should be the most beautiful example of love that we can imagine. Creating us in love. Redeeming us in love. Making us holy in love. And then sharing that very same love with each of us. Not that we deserved it, or had a right to it. But out of love for us, sharing the love of the Most Holy Trinity with each of us!
The examples of love I noticed in the last week or so are just some of the examples of how beautifully we can choose to use the love that God has given to us and make the most of it. We can bring love, or joy, or peace, or comfort, or forgiveness to another, and use the love God placed in our hearts to love one another.
"I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another." (Jn 13:34)
May we always remember God's love for us, and God's love within us, and honor our loving God by loving God and one another.
May God continue to bless you all,