This four-letter word is constantly thrown around in our day-to-day conversations. We say “I love you” to a spouse, a family member, or a friend. But then five minutes later we say “I love tacos!” These statements use the same word to portray very different feelings. So, my question is, do we truly understand and know what love is? Or has it become an overused term, now lacks depth and meaning?
Today’s scripture reminds me of the core of my belief: God is love. God is love at its purest form; he never leaves, he never forgets, he never hurts, and he always forgives.
There was a dark time in my life. A time when I turned away; I didn’t believe. I was hurt and used that hurt as proof that God did not exist. The whole “religion” thing wasn’t for me; I thought I didn’t need it. How wrong I was. That dark period was when I needed God the most. I needed love, pure love.
Looking back, love never left; God did not leave me. I may have turned my back, I may have denied him, I may have tried to shut him out, but he was always there. He was there, patiently waiting for me, calling out in a soft whisper for me to come home. To come home to love.
When I could no longer ignore that yearning to be loved, I did come home. I came running back to him and he welcomed me with open arms and, just like to the people of Nineveh, God forgave me. He wiped my slate clean and gave it back to me with only one word written: Love.
All of us need love. As human beings we were made to yearn for love. In other words, we were made to have a desire for God in our lives. As we continue on this Lenten journey, may we try not to only attend Mass, but rather begin to love. “If you love, then you will discover God because God is love and we were made to fall in love. That is, we were made to fall in God’s arms.”