Finding True Love...
February has been called “the month of love” but many people have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day, thanks to over-zealous retailers who suggest to us what true love ‘ought’ to look like.
We can’t put a price on true love, because true love has no expectation of return or reward. True love doesn’t require gifts or flowers or even the words “I love you.” True love can simply be silent presence in accompaniment through struggles and pain; true love can be holding the hand of an ill or dying person; true love can be reading a bedtime story to a child. But these are all expressions of human love, and while God gives us one another to enjoy in loving relationships, in our holy baptism we have already experienced the truest, purest and most powerful divine love of all: the love given to us by the death on the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, who asks God to forgive us, for his sake, for every sin we’ve ever committed, or will commit.
In the waters and Spirit of baptism, we have already received the truest form of love that exists, and it never dies. Jesus the Christ loves each one of us for who we are, just as we are, and this love burns brightly beyond our death. So if you’re tempted this Valentine’s Day to feel sad because no one sends you a valentine, or gives you a box of chocolates, or if everyone in the office receives roses but you, remember your baptism. You. Are. A. Beloved. Child. of God. Trace the cross of Christ on your forehead, imprinted there by the undying fire of the Holy Spirit, because Jesus, our true love, loved you first and loves you best, forever.
Peace to all here...