As we fast approach St. Valentines Day, I thought a word or two about love might be in order. Experience has taught me that many of us have some misconceptions about the day itself, and even the subject of love.
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” Saint Augustine
The truth of Augustine’s words continue to echo down through the centuries since they were first penned by this saint. True love is manifested in action. Love is not gushy sentiments, Hallmark cards, expensive chocolates, and dozens of roses. Love is the active response to those around us most in need.
Benjamin Disraeli wrote that, “We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.” That will preach, as some of my clergy friends are wont to say. We are all born for love. We are created to love one another, to help one another, to run to each others aid, to see the pain of the poor, to hear the cries of the hungry. Love is the very principle of existence. Wouldn't this Valentine's Day be a great time to celebrate that by demonstrating love to the least of these among us? What would that look like? What are you going to do to manifest the principle of existence this coming week? Let me know. I would love to share some of your responses.