Love Sees!

1 Peter 4:8

Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.

The wonderful thing about love is not that it is blind but that it sees.  It is precisely because it sees that love is able to cover a multitude of sins.  For the truth about us is not that we are fundamentally miserable rotten so-and-so’s and that God pretends we aren’t.  Rather, the truth is that we are made in the image of God and, in Christ, that we are truly restored to that image and glorified.  Yes, we sin.  But in so doing we do something that is fundamentally untrue of us, whereas when we do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before our God we are doing what is most deeply true.  Sin makes us anonymous, it does not reveal the “real us”.  Grace and love, on the other hand, make us most truly who we are.  Today, let the love of God cover over the lie of sin and bring to light who you truly are in Christ.  Then, let it do the same for your neighbor.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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