When Tevye asks Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, “Do you love me?” she responds with a litany of many things she’s done for him throughout their married life as his wife. She is shocked that he would even ask the question when she’s lived the response for over twenty five years. That’s the true nature of Love. Our society views it as a feeling or a passion but Love, in its highest form, is a decision that generates a response. The two go hand in hand. Our Faith is the same. We may be justified by Faith but it doesn’t end there. It leads to Hope and the two lead to Charity, or Love – a true love that demands a response. This is what it means to “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts” and we are able to fulfill that command to the fullest when we receive the Holy Spirit. God is our First Love. Everything else flows from Him through our decision to love God first. And what is our response to this decision? Jesus gives us the answer. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” It seems so simple but we realize quickly that if it were, then everyone would be doing it. Our EGO – Edging God Out – crowds out this true love. That’s where our intellect comes into play; we have to decide to override our feelings and selfishness with actions that make our Love of God and neighbor come alive.
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