The more we encounter our Risen Lord, the more our hearts are transformed. A transformed heart is a heart that loves more and more generously. St. John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23; 12:26), the only apostle who stood faithfully at the foot of the Cross, the first apostle to reach to the tomb, knew the Risen Lord. He thus knew that, to be a faithful disciple and friend of Jesus who participates in the mystery of Jesus’ Resurrection, is to love more and more generously. And, such knowledge moves him to exhort us:
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. (this Sunday’s second reading, 1 John 3:16-24).
In the light of this, St. Gregory the Great (+604), Pope and patron saint of musicians and singers, tells us
The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.
St. Augustine (+430) asks “What does love look like?” In responding, he points us in the right direction:
It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of humanity. That is what love looks like.
It is only by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts that we can love this generously. It is only God’s love that can move us to hear and do what Mother Teresa encourages us to do:
Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.
Beseeching the Holy Spirit with you,
From the desk of the Rector