Daily homily thoughts, 1/8

Embodying God’s Love
Elizabeth Duffy
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God…God is love.” 1 John 4:7-10

God is love. So we, who are God’s adopted children, can also embody love as a primary characteristic of our being, which is what Christ did when he took on human flesh.

Love came to dwell on Earth, first as a helpless baby, born poor, to vulnerable young parents. Love subjected itself to family life, growing up in a small town, learning a trade. Love listened for the call of its Creator, and when the time was right, Love departed from its native place to meet the world as it is, drawing others into its presence, baptizing the willing into a communion.

When the world found Love troubling, and began to feel threatened by it, the world tried Love in human courts and sentenced it to death. And Love did not fight back, knowing that human courts, and death itself have no power over Love.

Love is stronger than death, more powerful than the courts of human opinion. Love is the attribute of all who claim their adoption as children of God. How are we embodying God’s love? What happens when I tell the story of my own life, or even just my morning, replacing my name with “Love?” Does it make sense?