In being asked by a lawyer (in this Sunday's gospel: Matthew 22:34-46) which commandment in the law is the greatest, Jesus quotes Leviticus 19:18: "you shall love your neighbor as yourself". Now, consider this squarely. It sounds great. Indeed, we refer to this as the "Golden Rule". But, really, how does one do this on a daily basis? I honestly wonder some days. You know, those days when getting out of bed is a bit more laborious, when there is less spring in the step, when heaviness fills the heart, when the challenges seem to outweigh the joys-in other words, when the inclination might be to say, "Sorry neighbor, today is not a very self-loving day. So, I'll give you a shot next week".
Is this a call from Jesus to rally the inner troops, to muster what we can, to grin and bear it, to fake it until we give the impression that we make it? Or, is Jesus suggesting more, that is, that He would like to bestow a gift? Jesus knows the difficulty that we can have in loving ourselves, and He never simply tests us. He promises to make possible what He asks... Are we ready to receive the gift of His love?
Yours in Him,
From the desk of the Rector