“I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
This weekend at Church, Deacon Dan gave a wonderful homily that touched me deeply. He talked about Love and how truly experiencing love (and sharing it) is a multi-step process. You need to feel the love, but you also need to take action to express the love and lastly you have to speak your love.
He gave a beautiful example from The Fiddler on the Roof, when Tevye asks Golde if she loves him.
We know who we love: husband, wife, children, parents, siblings, friends, community. We take action to show that love: caring for home and family, doing our work, sharing our time, talents and treasures. Do we also say it? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Thank you Deacon Dan for reminding me to speak my love, to say the words.
We’ve experienced so much pain as a community and as a nation in the last several months. It seems like everyone is trying to figure out WHY these tragedies have happened and what “quick fix” solutions we can implement. Unfortunately, I think deep down, we know there is no quick fix. The culture of death and violence that we are steeped in didn’t happen overnight. And we cannot solve it overnight – though how I wish we could! Instead, I believe that we all need to assess where we can show more kindness, compassion and love. Small steps, consciously and consistently taken will bring about the culture of life that I think we are longing for.