Do you enjoy those good romance stories? I always enjoy the happily ever after ones, a guy and girl falling in love after a really long, drawn out story. They typically are predictable though (not stopping me from watching or reading them) with the couple that despises one another at first, that you know will be paired up to live out their fairy tale by the end of the story. That kind of love is almost destiny, some would say, that no matter the forces pulling them apart, they are destined to become a couple, fall in love and live happily ever after. We know romance isn't nearly as predictible in the real world, and no where near as easy. However, where we do find this love is in God, loving us from before conception, throughout our lives, to the point where we will be reuinted in heaven one day. That's a love worth fighting for, don't you think?
Today's Gospel states:'As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another' (John 15:9-17).
Today's reading talks about how the greatest goal we should ever strive for is to love. The greatest commandment alongside loving God is to love one another. God tells us that being able to love is one of the greatest gifts we've been given, and that we need to use this precious gift whenever we are given the chance. God shows us the extent of His love through Jesus' suffering and death on the cross, giving His only Son so that we might live. Is there a greater example of love? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you to follow in His example of what it means to love.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me what it means to love and be loved. Help me to show this love in everything I do and everyone I meet.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.