Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but love? Love endures. We’re asked to love others as God loves us, but that can be a challenging endeavor. How can we step outside of ourselves and love people the way God wants us to?
- Be observant. You can’t love anyone until you notice them. The Samaritan first saw the hurting man. No one had to call or text or email him: he noticed the pain of others. He looked and saw what the man really needed, not what he thought he might need. Look around you and see what the real needs are rather than just living inside your head and your assumptions.
- Talk to people who aren’t like you. God doesn’t choose only certain groups of people to save, so we shouldn’t choose only certain groups of people when we are looking for ways to love others. Sr. Thea Bowman invites us to walk across the room and talk to the people over there. When you do that, you’ll find you can love them.
- Love with food. There are so many people hurting as the pandemic continues. While we can’t have dinner parties, dropping something off on a doorstep goes a long way toward showing your love through your actions. You can even quietly pay for the groceries of the person behind you in line, or anonymously leave a bag of groceries on someone’s front porch. That is true love!
We all need love, now more than ever, and as Catholics it is our greatest commandment: to love God and our neighbor. And there’s a bonus to obedience: the more you practice showing your love, the better you, too, will feel!