My pondering began with this profound post by Christine, followed by another beautiful post by Anne.
Then I was reminded of many of the incredible ways that Mother Teresa talks about love as we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of her birth.
I've come to realize what a barrier that our judgements (of one another) can be to love. As Mother Teresa said: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
These were the words from Christine's morning reading:
We stopped to verbalize our admiration of the children in our neighborhood. The circle of children who enjoy playing and exploring God's world around us are made up of devout Catholics, Mormans, and Non-Denominational Christians. On each side of these 3 faiths live 2 Hindu families that live peacefully and lovingly among us. Personally, I feel blessed. The children model what Jesus has taught us in Matthew 22. They show love, friendship and compassion towards one another, without regards to their religion. No they aren't perfect but the occasional personality conflict affords a great opportunity to talk about Matthew 22. It serves as a good reminder to us as parents at the same time!
Mrs. G and I have a healthy relationship and mutual love for Our Lord. Though she is not Catholic, I love her still the same. She strives to do the work of the Lord and I respect her greatly. I am grateful that we can discuss our differences, yet agree on seeking and giving the same love that Our Lord is asking of us. I think this might be a rare blessing...
From the depth of my soul I am secure and blessed by our Catholic faith but also realize that as Christians, we are responsible for our love. I admire Mother Teresa for her eyes of love. She didn't look at race or religion when she picked the dying off the street. She didn't question or judge their lifestyle or the reason why they lay dying. She saw each person made in the image and likeness of God. But this is difficult in our world lacking of Mother Teresa's. Let's face it, this kind of love is hard to come by and live by! Too often we see weakness in ourselves and others and we are quick to judge. And there goes love, out the window.
One again, Mother Teresa has wise words: "Sometimes, in the church, there is a struggle when we see one another's weakness. Unless we have trust, it is impossible to live a pure and holy life. We must have respect for each other. We must realize that if God chose me, he chose you, too. If he trusts me, he trusts you, too."
Though we all know this isn't easy, love is required and our heaven depends on it.