1. I Believe Love
I believe love is radical, the roots of something revolutionary.
I believe love is the strongest force in the universe, the strongest weapon against hate and injustice.
I believe love is survival because life began with love.
I believe love is not losing your tenderness.
I believe love is always a risk but that the alternatives are riskier.
I believe God made the world in love.
I believe Jesus Christ is the loving face of God come to earth.
I believe the Holy Spirit is the fire of love which permeates all things.
I believe love made us, love preceded us, and love will outlast all the evils in this world.
2. To Love in Times of War and Terror
What does it mean to love in times of war and terror?
Amparo Ochoa said: “It is to conjugate and feel the verb ‘to love’ without borders.”
So I’m left asking: where are the borders to your love? And what are the geographies of your compassion?
Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus were looking.
And God keeps coming back to us, searching.
3. Love as Key to Scriptures
St. Augustine once wrote that if you think you’ve understood the divine scriptures, or any part of them, in such a way that this understanding doesn’t build up the twin love of God and neighbor, then you haven’t yet properly understood the scriptures.
I wonder: how often do we understand the bible?
Do our interpretations of the bible lead us to love God and love our neighbors, all of our neighbors, more?
If not, then we undermine everything that the law, the prophets, and Jesus hang on.
These reflections originally appeared in audio-visual form at Thirty Seconds Or Less.