Just as pilot once asked, “what is truth” so people have often asked, “what is love?” St. Paul once answered that question. He said, “Love is patient. Love is kind…” Jesus also answered that question. He poured forth blood and water as He hung dead on the cross for us.
Many of us reading this are parents, grandparents, or people who work with children and young adults. We are mandated to teach them about our faith and how to navigate in the world. But do we listen, not just to God but also to them? Do we listen without informing? Do we allow ourselves to be interrupted or change our plans to accommodate for a young person’s reasonable need? So many times I have heard a child or adolescent say to me, “No one comes to my games” and “No one understands me.” This would not occur if we put down our laptop, shut off the television, or stop cleaning for a few minutes and listen with a smile. Anytime we lay down our plans graciously and listen attentively that is love. Those actions will also protect our children from evil.
It is also love when we offer our pain, mental or physical, with Christ on the cross. To be like Him and one with Him when life in a way crucifies us is most excellent. Yes we can do this but only with God.
“God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” 1 John 4:16b
Picture was released to public domain by Raul de Chrissota, Aug 30, 2011 and found on Wikimedia.