Walk In Love
We are made by love and for love. There are but two loves: love of ourselves, and love of God and others. Sin can be called, in a sense, the breaking of God’s commandments. If so, sin is non-love, for all God’s commandments can be summed up in two: love of God and others. Every time I love myself, it is less love for God and others. Self-love is draining away of love, for love is made to leave self and fly towards others. We become our own victims of misery, if we condemn ourselves to love no one but ourselves. Like the woman in the Gospel, physically bent for eighteen years (Lk 13:12), who could neither look up to God nor look around to see others, a selfish person feels like crawling to avoid being seen by God and others. And so, St Paul asks us to “walk in love as Christ loved us” (Eph 5:2). Why should I submit myself to self-love and suffer dreadfully, locked in myself, prisoner of myself, hearing nothing but my own voice and seeing nothing but myself? All sufferings in the world, all injustices, humiliations, and despairs are signs of non-love. Hence, may our love daily penetrate a little into all spheres of human life. The battle for a better world is a battle for love in the service of love.
Meditation On Bible Readings: Eph 4:32-5:8; Lk13:1O-17