What is the greatest commandment?
Jesus was asked this same question.
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
But he didn’t stop there:
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22).
In John 4:20 it is stated this way, “So how can we love God, if we don’t love the people we can see?”
It seems very clear.
But it can be so difficult.
Or it can be an adventure!
Everyday we can get up and ask God for help to love: to love God, and to love all those we will meet this day. We can look forward to opportunities to try out this superpower of love. Who will we meet? How will we respond? Why do we respond the way we do?
We will probably get it wrong a few times (or more) each day. But every adventure – if it is worthwhile – has obstacles and challenges as well as joys and success. So we fall down, we take the wrong turn – we try again.
This Sisters of the Holy Redeemer are always on this adventure – to know and share the love and mercy of Jesus each day. Their adventure is just as full of challenges and obstacles as anyone else. Must me that good old human nature that calls us to rely upon God!
This week the adventure included
Living together! While another convent is undergoing renovations, most of the Sisters are now living together and experiencing the adventure of loving one another in the midst of transition and change. “Love is patient, love is kind . . .” (1Cor 13:4).
Celebrating Halloween with the Redeemer Ministry Corps volunteers. Love means getting dressed up in costumes, eating dirt cake, and sharing time and stories together. If you have a family with small children, or if you were a little kid at one time – you know what I mean.
Love is driving 6 plus hours in Friday traffic to return home as the Sisters’ leadership team did this week after a special meeting.
Love is the adventure of traveling to Florida (or is it the warmer climate 🙂 ) to meet with the Redeemer Associates and to celebrate their yearly commitments as one Sister did.
Though the greatest adventure in love is often the day to day experience of work and ministry, interacting with others, household/convent responsibilities, hundreds of unplanned events/distractions/interruptions – whatever you like to call them. This is the training ground, the fertile soil where love grows stronger, richer, deeper.
As you begin this new week perhaps you can start each day with a prayer asking to know God’s love for you more and more and asking God’s help to love God and others. This is an adventure we cannot do on our own.
“Thus says the Lord . . . If one cries out to me, I will hear them; for I am compassionate” (Exodus 22: 20 – 26).