The ultimate Mystery of being, the ultimate Truth, is Love. This is the essential structure of reality. When Dante spoke of the ‘love which moves the sun and the other stars’, he was not using a metaphor, but was describing the nature of reality. There is in Being an infinite desire to give itself in love and this gift of Self in love is forever answered by a return of love….and so the rhythm of the universe is created.
The ultimate truth and mystery of life is love. The absence of love leads people to do some very dark things that hurt, destroy, and ravage those who are near them. Perhaps there is no greater need in the world that to discover the power of love.
The love I refer to is not one that gives us all that we want but a love that requires something of us. It requires that we know that we are loved. When people realized that they are loved by their creator with an unlimited and endless love they can love themselves and others. Perhaps the greatest need of most people is a positive self-love. Godly self-love brings peace and harmony. It is the type of harmony that allows neighbors to live at peace with one another even when they are different. This love allows husbands and wives to respect and cherish one another in the worst of times. It is a love that is promised by God. We need only receive it and by doing so, we can share a boundless love with the world.
Venerable Bead called it the mystery of being. Without this discovery we are doomed to live in self-hatred and doubt. Mysteries are hard to solve and perhaps the mystery of love has been the hardest that people have ever faced. It is one that requires that we look way beyond ourselves and to the God that made us in His image. The solution is to claim and capture that image and to spread it to all that we touch.
We all go about our lives trying to find ways to discover the love of God. Sadly, we think that we can discover the mystery with rules or practices that are man made and explainable. Nothing could be further from the truth. The mystery of being remains a mystery. We are called to embrace the mystery and allow the love of God to flow through us. God will not totally reveal himself to you, but He does love you and will give you the strength to love others
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
~~~The Living Bible
Lord, I want to surrender to the mystery of being. Let me this day know that you are the essence of love. Your love created the world and will sustain it. Guide me as I flounder with my own methods of finding you, and touch me in a way that allows me to discover you. With that discovery my life will be complete.
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.”
Our job is to love one another without inquiring about their worthiness. That is not the entire context of the Merton quote, but I believe it is the heart of the matter. So much of our love, our service, our commitment is hinged on the worthiness of the recipient. When we think in this manner we spend a large portion of our efforts judging our brothers and sisters. Christ never acted in such a way. He said: “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” As we learn to follow the example of Jesus it lightens our burden of judgment, assessment or whatever you may call it and makes us free to love and serve.
Today’s world is certainly one of wars and rumors of wars. The greatest war that most of us have to fight is a self-inflected war of harshness and unkindness to one another. We fail to help those who are in need because we are too busy trying to find out why they are in need and too selfish to give them the simplicity of God’s love. I can only imagine what the world would really be like if we were willing to carry one another’s burden without assessing the cost, risk and worthiness of the recipient of our kindness.
Perhaps we can take a lesson from the monk when he says to us: “…love itself will render both ourselves and neighbors worthy if anything can.”
Lord help me this day to look upon my brothers and sisters as, just that, brothers and sisters. May I see them as fruits of your creation that are worthy of my love just as they are recipients of your love. In this ONE truth we find the peace and harmony that will fill the vastness of the void that lies in our souls.
1 Corinthians 13:1, 11-13
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
When people get married because they think it’s a long-time love affair, they’ll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
Prayer Starter — Lord help me to understand the meaning of love.
The love of Christ is not a different love from the eternal fire in the heart of God or that which flows between the three persons of the Trinity. We are loved passionately by God.the self-sacrificing love between the three persons is the joy at the center of God. What is the response from us to such love? To silently wonder. We enter into the ebb and flow of this divine love. The Holy Spirit enables us to know something of the reality of this love in the depths of our heart.