What Love Demands

First Reading: 2 Tm 2:8-15

Psalm: Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14

Gospel:  Mk 12:28-34

When we love with our all, we pretty much dedicate ourselves to the object of our affection. Fr. Arrupe, S.J., wrote about love dictating what determines the events of our day. In effect, it will decide everything, it will indeed change everything.

Loving God with our entirety takes everything obviously. In television dramas, the protagonist who loves passionately seems to go through endless challenges to defend that love. There’s a never-ending upheaval of emotions and we’re wondering with bated breath if there’ll be a happy ending nevertheless. Is it worth it to endure such pain and sorrow in order to fight for the one you love? We may get hooked in anxious anticipation of what unfolds, but we always hope that everything works out somehow.

At the heart of it, love demands everything. As long as our focus remains on the omnipotence, grandeur, and awesome majesty of our Creator, it is doubtful we’ll ever be shortchanged in this regard. With this offering of love comes our purpose. We know that when all has passed from this earth, we will truly be united with the One we love so much.

Yes, love at times may tear us apart and wrench our hearts into different configurations. But, the emotions of passion, dedication, triumph, sadness, joy, are the spirited movements of a loving persona. It may seem illogical to the world. It can only be logical that we give ourselves fully to God who loves us completely without question.