The good news is that all are loved, all are worthy, all are accepted. There is a place at the table for all of us. Christ is not motivated by punishment, he is motivated by love. Richard Rohr tells us that: ‘Our proclamation of the lordship of Jesus Christ is at stake in our solidarity with the most vulnerable. If our gospel is not “good news to the poor,” it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ’ (Luke 4:18).
“We ourselves shall be loved for awhile and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses
of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”
― Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
The mystery of love is demonstrated and spoken out loud in the form of a Marriage ritual but love is not exclusive to marriage. Love is something that we should choose every day and demonstrate to every soul that we meet. It is found wherever value is placed upon another soul, where we step outside ourselves and demonstrate compassion and understanding.
People don’t want to know that we are perfect and complete, we are not. They will know that we have Christ when, we love, when we go through trouble in this world but don’t give up, but continue to have hope. Where did we ever get the thinking that we are somehow different, better?
Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known. Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes. Joseph Wirthness.
Happy Mothers Day to you all. No matter what the issue, no matter how bad, how seemingly hopeless, a mother never gives up on you because she knows that love never fails. Life doesn’t come with a manual it comes with a mother.
Whether you are a newly minted couple or one of many years, Valentine’s Day is a time to stop and simply appreciate the joys of love. In today’s fast-paced world, an afternoon exploring the world of chocolate in Melbourne, the joy of romance and simply being together is a mix rarely experienced.
Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother; And in His name all oppression shall cease.