At the risk of sounding sappy, today let’s ask ourselves: do we love what Jesus loves?
We’re called to love ‘as’ Jesus loves, which is extremely difficult (as we’ll see below). But, to start, let’s ask ourselves, what does Jesus love? Or better yet, who does Jesus love?
God the Father. Christ came to do the Father’s will. We see in the Agony in the Garden: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” Mt 26:39. Christ showed us the way, but for us, sometimes our will clashes with God’s. It is love of the Father that nurtures the humility necessary to follow in Christ’s footsteps.
Neighbor. Jesus Himself told us that the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves. And, His life is a testament to this commandment. As Christ showed us, sometimes we are even asked to love our enemies. It’s not easy. Often in our daily lives, it’s hard enough just loving the people who get on our nerves. The love He showed on the cross was for all mankind, not just those preserved from annoying personalities.
Mary. It almost goes without saying that God has a special love for Mary. There’s no creature more united to the Holy Trinity than the Blessed Virgin. Likewise, by growing in love and devotion to her, we can unite ourselves to Christ through her. Wouldn’t we have a special love for those who are devoted to our mothers?
In our journey to become more and more like Christ, let us pray that our hearts are transformed into His.