Capsule for the Day
It is one thing to fall in love with the Lord, and another to love Him. As people of the covenant, love is our calling. "The first commandment of all", Jesus said, is "you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength". THE FIRST!
Notice the emphasis on the first. Jesus wasn't mincing words here. Our first love is the Lord. Bishop Robert Barron puts it this way, "if we love God first, we can love self and neighbour well". For our love of/for God is initiated by God and purified by Him. From loving the Lord, we love truly.
For our call to love the Lord echoes in the very depth of our heart. It echoes so loud that we can't ignore it. But we often try to ignore it or even choose to silence the calling. However, since this is a matter of the heart, our hearts are restless until we love the Lord... our heart's goal is to love God.
Fr. Francis Afu