Just a Thought - Finally It Is a Matter Of Love.

We are supposed to live up to what we say we are: followers of Christ. We, in a single word, called to live by love, love in its deepest sense.

That word 'love' is so much bandied about, but less frequently understood and practiced. Jesus gave the supreme example of its real meaning in his life, death and resurrection. But Jesus did not die and rise in order to prevent or excuse us from sharing personally in his selfless experience. If we are to be redeemed, if we are to be Christians with him, we must in our turn undergo death and resurrection. We must practice what we preach. We must mean what we say and do what we mean.

In the play, A Man for All Seasons, about Thomas More, there is a scene in which his daughter Margaret, pleads with her father to stop opposing King HenryVIII and swear to the Act of Succession. Only in this way can he save his life and get out of the Tower of London-prison.

More refuses to agree with something he believes is wrong. He says, 'if we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good and greed would make us saintly. But since we see that anger, envy, greed, sloth, lust and stupidity commonly profit us far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude and justice; if we have to choose to be human at all, then perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes'.  When Margaret begged him to compromise: 'haven't you done as much as God can reasonably want?', her father gave this answer: 'Well, finally, it isn't a matter of reason; finally it'd a matter of love'.

This is the unconditional love that Jesus spoke about and practiced. In the end we shall be judged on that standard alone, and how we lived it out in our relationships. Our own efforts to bring direction and meaning to the 'animated aimlessness' of our lives will, if touched by the love of God and expressed through love of our fellow human beings, have an eternal value.