Love: The Final Reality

Love: The Final Reality
Love is not something we believe, have, keep, or give:  it is something we do, and in its doing, love shows forth work.  The world is a work of God’s love.  Children are a work of the love of their parents.  Forgiveness is a work of love of one toward another.  St. Thomas Aquinas defines love as “the friendship of man for God.”  Can we be a friend of God?  Can it be that love is not exclusively what lovers do, but what friends do?  Can it be that the ultimate relationship, friendship, that allows us to overcome our fundamental fear of loneliness and alienation is the one that is most readily available to any and all of us?  Often, the Bible ask how we can love God whom we have not seen when we cannot love our brothers and sisters whom we do see.  I am convinced that this generation of young people most desire to know the love of God and the love of family and friends.  The real thing is capable of sustaining every shock and tribulation known to this tired old planet.  What do our youth want when everything they have turns to dust and ashes?  They want something that is patient and kind, not arrogant or rude, not irritable or resentful, but that rejoices in the right.  They want something that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Now they are growing up, even as collectively we are all growing up, putting away the cultural toys and foolish superficialities of their cultural adolescence, and they don’t know everything and they can’t do everything, but on them and with them I am willing to bet the future. – Peter Gomes

Comments are closed.
%d bloggers like this: