First off, Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you're spending it with your loved ones. We all know it's nice to receive things on Valentine's Day, but that's not the point right? St.Valentine, the Saint which this day is named after, is the patron saint of love, young people, and happy marriages. He loved God in such a way that he became a martyr and was even beheaded for standing up for his faith. So what then is Valentine's Day supposed to stand for, supposed to mean?
I think that, considering St.Valentine gave everything for his faith and love for God, he is a model for who we are supposed to be, for who we as people in faith are supposed to strive to become. In today's Gospel we read:"Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. "And he cautioned them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod." And they discussed it with one another, saying, "We have no bread." And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, "Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They said to him, "Twelve." "And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" And they said to him, "Seven." And he said to them, "Do you not yet understand?" (Mark 8:14-21).
Jesus gets frustrated with them for missing the point. For missing the fact that he was sent to show them the way to being with God, showing them the path to 'true unending love', becoming one with God. We just need to open ourselves up to God, and less to our busy self-stressed world. Spend today showing your love for others, don't miss the point!
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online', a prayer for love in God:
My God, Who dost possess in incomprehensible abundance all that is perfect and worthy of love, annihilate in me all guilty, sensual, and undue love for creatures: kindle in my heart the pure flame of Thy love, so that I may love nothing but Thee or in Thee, until, being entirely consumed by holy love of Thee, I may go to love Thee eternally with the elect in Heaven, the country of pure love. Amen.