Love. Love God. Love others. Love the things of God, not the things of the world. These are the thoughts I have as I think about this weeks readings.
Love in the Kingdom of God is different than love in the world. The biggest difference is what I would call the law of reciprocity. A mainstay in our society is the idea that I will treat you the way that you treat me. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. If you are nice to me, I will be nice to you. This “law of reciprocity” is an important part of what keeps our society intact. However, as the people of the Kingdom of God, we have a different standard. We are to treat people the way we want to be treated. By that I mean we are to initiate love, not just respond to it. We are to be kind to everyone, not just to the people that are kind to us. It is a completely different concept than the one that most of us are used to. We treat others right, regardless of how they treat us. All of us probably need to take a pretty good look at how well we are doing in this area of our lives. I would guess that we are way more influenced by the “law of reciprocity” than we are the “golden rule”.
We are to live as God’s Holy people. Holiness is best displayed not by an outward adherence to rules and regulations, but by loving well. It is about realizing that life is not all about me, my wants, my rights, my demands, my ????????
Jesus modeled a holy life for us. It was not a life of isolation, it was a life of active caring and participating with people from all walks of life in all sorts of situations, loving and accepting them and introducing them to the Kingdom of God.
As we live in love, caring for others rather than using them, we reveal the righteousness of God and we expose evil for what it is. This is the kind of love that we are called to.
Love God. Love others. Love the things of God, not the things of the world.
Sending you a priestly blessing!