Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
Today, it is all about Love. Sounds like song lyrics, doesn’t it? Well, John is not writing song lyrics but he is talking about Love. He talks about it to the extent that the word Love appears 25 times in the 14 verses. John reconfirms the commandment that we Love one another. He reminds us that God loves everyone of us even when we are unlovable in human terms. This total Love for us is illustrated by God sending Jesus to abide among us to teach God’s Love by example.
I am sure that like me, there have been Sunday sermons that have stayed in your memory and where the teaching has had a great influence on you. I clearly remember such a sermon from 25 or 30 years ago where I was introduced to the 3 kinds/types/forms or levels of Love. Eros (physical or romantic), filial (brotherly or family) and Agape (spiritual) are the 3 I recall. This sermon came at a time in my life where I was struggling with loving properly and loving the right things. Loving has never been easy for me so this classification was a great help to me deal with my understanding. For some people loving is a very easy thing to so and it is a natural reflex. To someone like me it isn’t. I had to be taught. I thank God every day for my teacher and the fact that she is still my teacher today after 39 years of marriage. I continue to learn everyday.
John in this weeks reading (and Margot) teach that God is Love and they are inseparable. My other teacher is Forrest Gump. When this ”simple” man says to Jenny “ I am not a smart man, but I know what love is” I believed him and my eyes fill with tears. This movie is really all about love.
LOVE teachers surround us all. We just have to be watching, listening and learning.