Late Stuff: Lent Day 24, On Proper Love

Something happened and this post disappeared, so it’s a repost, or something like that.

Collect: Pour your grace into our hearts, we pray, O Lord, that we may be constantly drawn away from unruly desires and obey by your own gift the heavenly teaching you give us.

Friday’s Mass Gospel was on the Great Commandments.

Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

All 613 commandments are based around these two rules. If they are on love, why are there so many rules, but it is all summarized in two rules?

Because proper love is hard.

It isn’t a mere “I love you” that we can say whimsically. Proper love is selflessly giving ourselves for the sake of others and God. It is that higher purpose that we seek for ourselves.

All of these rules may seem like restrictions, but they are in reality, callings to love more properly. They are way for us to love each other not for the sake of ourselves, but for the sake of others and God. It is a true love that does not hurt, but rather makes us more human.

Which is why it is hard.

We can love others, but if we do not love God we are missing the higher calling of loving more fully. We can love God, but if we do not love others, then we are missing the call to love all that were made in God’s image.

Hence, truly loving God requires truly loving others. And truly loving others also requires loving God.

Proper love is hard.

But we are called to strive for it. We are called to become more human. We are called to strive to what we were before sin.

May we all love more fully.

Have a blessed Lent

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