Where is the Love?
Who are the people you love most in your life? You may have quite along list, I know that I do. Think about what it would be like to have to be torn away from your loved one, without your control? We are people who are made to love, to grow in love and be loved in turn. This being the case, there is still so much hurt in the world, so many situations that sway us from focussing on love. We set really high standards for ourselves, and let those pass as judgements towards those around us who may not quite meet those standards, or agree with our opinion. The quote "a house divided cannot stand" stands out for me here, as it's a real representation of the challenge of love in our changing world. With all of the challenges that we face, be that changing sexuality, differences in opinion for politics, religion, even varying economic backgrounds can turn us away from being people of love, and instead shunning those who are not just like us. Why do we turn away from the chances we get to be loving people of God?
Today's Gospel states:'And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again; and again, as his custom was, he taught them. And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away." But Jesus said to them, "For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, `God made them male and female.' `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. And he said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery"' (Mark 10:1-12).
Today's reading talks about love, specifically in terms of divorce, and the fact that it should not be an option, for what God has joined, no man should separate. It's a passage not only about divorce, and how through the sacrament of marriage two people are bound with God at the centre. It's a passage about love, about needing to stay connected with one another, not growing apart in hurt. In our world, we so easily get distracted, find something we love and lose interest, letting this tendency play off in how we treat people as well. We need to show God's love to the world in every action we make, especially those that build relationships with others. This means treating everyone with the same love Jesus gives to us on the cross, sacrificial and never-ending love. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you re-affirm your relationships with love.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me what it means to love, through giving Christ, Your Son, on the cross. Help me to build relationships with others that never end, but grow stronger through love.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen