Monday, May 2, 2016

Falling in Love

If you have ever fallen in love, you know what it does to you. It changes everything. You text or call that person all the time. You walk the long way to the parking lot or peek into Starbucks to see if the one you love might be there.

Falling in love even affects how you act around people you are not necessarily in love with. You’re more patient around your family. You’re gentler to the slow waiter at the restaurant. Why? Because falling in love changes everything.

Have you fallen in love yet?

It is approaching the end for Jesus’ incarnational presence with his disciples in our Sunday Mass readings since Easter, and Jesus spends his last moments teaching his disciples by telling them, “I give you a new commandment: love one another” (Jn 13:34).

Have you fallen in love yet?

Do you recall the right word from a priest’s homily that spoke exactly to your heart longing to hear from God—and you knew God loved you? Did you know God’s love in the comfort of a friend who answered the phone or stopped her studies to listen when you were sad or angry or lonely—and you knew God’s love? Was it in the joy you shared with someone as you shared good news of the birth of a child—and you knew God’s love?

Jesus gave us this way to know his love: when others love us, and so he asks us to show that love to others so they know his love, too.

Have you fallen in love yet?

Falling in love changes everything, because love changes us. By putting us, when we touch another who can’t feel any love or whisper a kind word to someone deaf to kindness or look upon another who sees no worth in himself—love like that puts us not just in relationship with the dignity of another human being, but it puts us in direct relationship with God himself. And doesn’t the world need more love like that?

If you have ever fallen in love, you know what it does to you. Jesus’ commandment to love one another is only given because it follows his gift of love to his disciples, and if they have fallen in love, the command to love another only becomes the most natural thing to do.

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