Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | July 24, 2011

Love is something you do

Today was the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, the celebration of the Pasion-bearers Boris and Gleb… who knew they were about to be killed, and yet did not resist.

Today in reflecting on the Gospels, Fr. G put the focus on the second, “This I command you, to love one another.” He reminded us that saints aren’t these extraodinary folks, but folks like you and me who simply hear the words of Christ and do them. These are the words, “Love one another”. They summarize and encapsulate all the others. What the saints felt when they loved folks isn’t the point. They often felt exactly like you and me – the the persons who hated them weren’t very lovable. And yet they went ahead and loved them. Importantly they could do this because as St. Paul rips it in Corinthians, love isn’t an emotion, a state of thought, or a sensibility… but a series of different actions. We can almost recite them ourselves: Patient, kind, long suffering… etc. The question is less about going and doing these things, but as ol’ Archbishop Kallistos likes to quote Thomas Carlyle’s mother asking, “Yes, Thomas, but would you tell them how to go about doing it?” And there’s the whole of life’s pickel. But then… you never learn until you try.

Think I’m going to have to look into that book highlighted on Eastern Christian Books on holiness in the modern age. Buy a book… buy a little time, huh? F’sure.


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