Valentine’s Day. A day dedicated to love. We all have someone to love, because we are called to love all.
When you adopt a theology centered on love, everything changes.
Jesus said loving God and loving our neighbor are the two most important things in life. “On these two rest all the law and the prophets.”
Jesus said, “By this shall all people know that you are my disciples: if you love one another.” —John 13:35
This is the “heart” of the Gospel.
He taught us that even the stranger is our neighbor, and told the story of the good Samaritan.
He taught us to even love our enemies: “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people.” —Luke 6:35
Paul said that there are only three things that have enduring value: faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.
—1 Corinthians 13
“”But woe to you Pharisees! You give a tenth of your mint, rue, and every herb, yet you neglect justice and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others.” —Luke 11:42
Paul taught: to love is the fulfillment of the law.
He taught: even if you have face to move mountains, if you don’t have love you have missed the point.
He also taught that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ. Nothing. Nothing means nothing.
John taught that those who do not love, do not know God, because God is love. —1 John 4:7-8
God is love.
So, if you feel alone today, know that you are loved with an everlasting love. Know that you do have someone to love. There are those out there desperately in need of unconditional love. You are loved and called to love.