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Wednesday Reflection – Love

Wednesday Reflection – Love

written  by Susan Brown

Let us build a house
Where love can dwell
And all can safely live

A place where
Saints and children tell
How hearts learn to forgive

… Built of hopes and dreams and visions
Rock of faith and vault of grace
Here the love of Christ shall end divisions

… All are welcome, all are welcome
All are welcome in this place”

The first and following verses of this hymn remind us of the amazing selfless love that our Lord has for us.

Love!

In English there is only one word for love. It’s a word we use a lot to express how we feel about food, fashion, friends and family. Love is something we want and desire to experience. But the type of love we read about in the bible is different.

The Bible shows us that love is much more than just an emotion or a feeling. We read that God is love (1 John 4:8), a defining characteristic of him. His selfless love was demonstrated to us when He gave up His Son in death for our salvation. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

God’s example throughout the Bible provides the perfect definition of this outgoing care and concern for others—this way of giving. He further shows us how to love Him and others through his commandment:

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other. (John 15)

St. Francis of Assisi wrote what may be considered the perfect prayer, one of the most selfless connections to God we can imagine. The aspirations expressed in this simple plea are idealistic and completely pure.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.