Be the First to Love

It’s very interesting to me when I talk to my non-Christian friends about love. 

This last weekend I got to be in a very deep conversation about the nature and abundance of love, and how it’s boundless and infinite. 

Somewhere in the conversation I asked him “and where do you think the source of that love is?”

“I don’t know,” he said.

At this point I was expecting him to say something about feelings or “the universe” or “inside me”, but he didn’t. Instead he responded “I know there is a source, and it’s accessible to everyone, but I don’t know what it is.”

What’s been rattling around in my head ever since then is “I wonder if more people became curious about the Source of love,  if we could grow the Church.”

What comes first, though?  A deep desire for love (which I believe we all inherently have, but many don’t recoginze and try to fill that need with other things.) or recognizing that need, or searching for the Source?

Does it even matter?

I’m starting to come to the conclusion that our love  is what will draw people to the Church. Our love for our families and communities, how we treat one anther even if it puts us at a disadvantage. How we make people feel. How we welcome the downtrodden.

And I’m looking in the mirror here. It’s not up to me to point to you and say “hey – do this.”

It’s up to me.

How can I spread that love? How can I live so that I’m attracting others to the faith. Sitting behind a keyboard and telling people they’re not “Catholic enough” isn’t going to do it. Berating them for how they live their lives isn’t going to do it. Being louder or smarter or prettier or richer won’t do it either.

Loving them first will do it. Not reciprocal love – not “well they don’t love me so how am I expected to love them.” 

But love without expectation of love in return. Love at the risk of being hurt. Love at the risk of embarassment.

Love first. Be the first to love.

And the beauty is that God has given us so much love to pass around that we will never ever run out. We will never love too much no matter how much we give away.

Love to all,
Megan


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