We are a consequence of other people’s actions. We are affected by the decisions of the other person. What others do, even if it is for themselves, can and will affect us. Actions and decisions by others have direct and indirect bearings on our personal life. They create circumstances and form environments and these in turn shape our personal responses, actions and decisions.

Life can suddenly in an instant turn for the worse if we are the victim of an unfortunate accident. Often it is no fault of ours. Totally innocent we are sent down the path of a more challenging life. This is the reality of our world in which every person is inter-linked and inter-dependent. And what we do affect others too.

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also”. This is the commandment of Love to love and on it hangs peace and true happiness for all of us.

God often takes the blame for the unfortunate circumstances in life. If he is God, why did he allow it? He did not but he gave us a free choice in this world to decide and act. Then God poured into the world an unconditional love to help us navigate the choices of others. He also poured into our personal life this love to help us make our choices.

God does not create sufferings. Often it is the result of selfish and inconsiderate choices. We cannot control the choices of others but we certainly can control our own. Our choices must always hang on this Law of Love.

God is the source of love. Love cannot be harboured. It needs to be given away. Freely it comes, freely it must go. When it passes through us and into others, it creates a newness and a freshness to life. It makes perfect the imperfect, it change bad to good. True love is unconditional and it brings forgiveness. Love only affirms and never condemns. No one is unworthy of God’s unconditional love whatever bad choices we may have made in the past. Let love flow through us.

We are all bearers of the gift of God’s love. We are vessels filled to the brim. Our acts are outlets for this love to flow. We will never be emptied. The more flows out of us the more we will receive. Because the source of love is Love himself.

There is no need to feel unworthy, no need to disqualify ourselves. We are all stained vessels, dirt coming from bad choices we made. Yet the love of God flows into us to help us along till we reach the end of our earthly journey. It is on the other side of death where we will never be stained, where sufferings will not exist. As we make our way there, let love flow.

 

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Experiencing “Let Love Flow” at a Landings retreat (October 2017)

 

30th Sunday Ordinary Time