For People Who Cannot Attend Church and Those Who Can
~ Carol Scott-Kassner
Called to Love
I love the UCC slogan: “Never put a period where God has put a comma. God is still speaking!” It conceptualizes our faith tradition as constantly evolving; constantly changing; open to the new. This is in contrast to the idea of religion as a particular set of rules, traditions, and truths that must be adhered in a dogmatic sense.
The February tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day is a good time to check in with where we are in our understanding of love, especially the love we are called to in the life of Christ, which extends far beyond romantic love.
Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, reminds us that perhaps the most radical thing Jesus called us to was love.
“Love was the greatest commandment … his prime directive—love for God, for self, for neighbor, for stranger, for alien, for outsider, for outcast, and even for enemy, as he himself modeled. The new commandment of love [John 13:34] meant that neither beliefs nor words, neither taboos, systems, structures nor the labels that enshrined them mattered most. Love decentered everything else; love relativized everything else; love took priority over everything else—everything.” Daily Meditation, January 3, 2019
As you contemplate the vastness of this love, remember that you and everyone else is held in this sea of love. Trust that you are beloved by God. Trust that you can be an agent of love to others. Be called by that love.