I wonder if I really understand the challenge Jesus gives when he tells me the most important commandment is to love God and love neighbor.
I often convince myself the call to love is too simple, too shallow, too easy. I make up other goals, other things I believe matter more. And I aim for those things rather than aiming to become more loving.
But to love in the way Jesus tells and shows us to is not only of utmost importance, it is truly the challenge of a lifetime.
And one I must admit I am not very good at yet. I have so much more to learn about what it means to love like Jesus loved.
Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement says it so clearly:
“If we could only learn that the important thing is love, and that we will be judged on love – to keep on loving, and showing that love, and expressing that love, over and over, whether we feel it or not, seventy times seven, to mothers-in-law, to husbands, to children – and to be oblivious of insult, or hurt, or injury – not to see them, not to hear them.
It is a hard, hard doctrine … We have got to pray, to read the Gospel, to get to frequent communion, and not judge, not do anything but love, love, love. A bitter lesson.”
Paul writes, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6)
Peter writes, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
What might today look like if your sole purpose, your only goal … was to love?