Love in Truth and Action
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), knows this; hence, his
exhortation: 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, as 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,
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