Today’s readings bring great messages of love
and discipleship. In today’s first reading, I think that Paul
sums it up best in verse 8 where he says “Owe nothing to anyone,
except to love one another.” I feel that this is a big challenge
to us. Some days, I find it hardest to love my neighbor and others.
I might be having a bad day and all I want to do is shut my door
and be unavailable to others. It is on these days that I must make
an extra effort to be open to those around me. All of the Commandments
are wrapped up in this challenge that Paul gives us. By loving each
other, we are following God, who loves each of us unconditionally.
For me, today’s Psalm shows us how we live out the love of
each other that Paul talks about. Psalm 112 talks about standing
up for justice, showing mercy, and giving generously. It is when
we do these things that we are truly loving others. This reminds
me of the several service trips I have been on throughout my time
at Creighton. I have had the opportunity to spend time adding up
to three weeks in a L’Arche community in Clinton, IA. This
is a community of mentally handicapped adults and their assistants
who live with them and assist in their every-day living. I have
never experienced a community of more loving, generous, and merciful
people. We were lovingly accepted into their home and were quickly
no longer guests, but part of their community. It was a very simple
way, but it was very genuine. We must remember that we do not have
to be lavish in what we do for others; as long as it is genuine
and comes from the heart; we are following God’s call.
Luke’s Gospel today ties the themes of love and service together
into our call to follow Christ. Jesus reminds us that following
Him is not always the easiest path. If we are to follow him, we
must be willing to follow with all of our hearts. Many times, I
find myself “putting off” God’s call. I find myself
saying, “Yes, God, I’ll follow you, but only after I
do…” Jesus calls us to prioritize our lives and to put
God before anything else. It is when we do this that we are truly
loving and serving God and one another.
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another.