by Ken Rolheiser
That which is loved is always beautiful

This reflection started with one line, and I fear if I say any more I speak too much. Yet the theme of love has occupied saint and sinner since time began.

Love is the currency of heaven.  Lay up treasures in heaven. (Unknown)

Socrates said, “One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is Love.”

Father Brendan McGuire excitedly puts it this way:
“Whereas we believe wholeheartedly that no matter what I do…
-God knows me by name.
And not only that
-but God loves me no matter what.
No matter how far I stray or
no matter how wounded or broken I become
God loves me.
That is to have great faith.
If you have just the tiniest amount of that faith, it is enough.
When the glass is full, it is full;
no matter how much more you pour in, it is still full.
That is what the Lord is saying to us.”

Filled with God’s love, we can act in faith. What transformation we must face when we realize God loves us!

In John 21:15, Jesus asks Simon Peter three times “Do you love me?” Peter answers three times, “Yes Lord, you know I love you.” And Jesus tells him: “Feed my lambs; take care of my sheep; and feed my sheep…follow me.”

There is much in Peter’s life that mirrors our lives. How often have we denied Jesus and turned to the easier path? And how often have we been accepted back.

Kneeling at the crypt of St. Peter, Pope Francis repeated the three professions of faith Peter made: "Lord, you are the Christ, the son of the living God." "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life," and "Lord, you know everything; you know I love you."

Imagine that Jesus is calling to you today:
“Do you love me?” you say, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
And Jesus says to you: “Then love your wife, your children, your family…”

Jesus asks a second time: “Do you love me?” You answer, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
And Jesus says to you: “Then love my church.”

A third time Jesus asks you “Do you love me?” You answer: “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

And Jesus says: “Then follow me. Serve me in those who are poor, desperate, marginalized, in hospital…” (Thanks to Archbishop Don Bolen of Regina for these thoughts on John’s Gospel.)
Now is the opportunity of our lifetimes to touch God and our fellow man. Our Father is waiting with joy and with open arms. Our brothers and sisters ache for our love. This is our time to act.
Heaven starts now. We are in eternity now. This body and soul will be with us when we share God’s heaven. This is our chance to get it right.
With God’s love we can be beautiful!
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