“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him."
JOHN 14: 23
6th Sunday of Easter
Is loving God any easier?
Living in a world of plenty, in a situation where Faith - the Catholic Christian Faith - is almost non-existent because many live in ignorance does not make a faithful life any easier. We have seen in the recent events in Germany and Paris, where refugees and displaced people were found to be contributing to public disturbances. We have witnessed on news, the violence of those claiming to be faithful to Islam, these people were found to be suicide bombers or terrorist, shooting down innocent people.
I am not here to discriminate or label refugees/displaced people, but I am trying to highlight that in our plenty, the plenty we have may overshadow our Faith, or overshadow something we hold in high regard.
To me loving God, isn't easy. I will rather face reality, and admit that it is not easy. It is a decision not to be taken lightly too, especially by the many who claim to be Christians but they do not "keep my (God's) word".
Loving God, is not perfection by itself; as human beings we cannot love God on our own. To love God is a step I take every moment, a conscious step towards God's Love. It is not I who love God, but it is God who Loved me first; I come to understand God's Love, what it is to be Loved, only by experience/knowing the immensity of God who Loved me first.
If I have not experienced God's Love, then I will never dare say that I know how to love God.
To me, I am one among many, who were privileged to have encountered a mysterious higher calling. It led me to have a very significantly profound, spiritual experience, that saw me ultimately getting baptized in 1997. This was my first love, but even first loves can be lost if we do not appreciate this first encounter with Love; I need to appreciate my first encounter with God's Love by praying daily, observing (penance) practices that will keep me away from things temporal, I need to be mindful that the Devil is present in my midst.
Let us, let me, together with Holy Mother Church cry out to the coming of the Holy Ghost - praying that the Spirit may help us to experience God's Love and grow in intimacy with God who is Love. We remember that God is always ready to Love us, God is full of Love - let us turn to God who is Love.