Without Love

rencherThe Collect appointed for this coming Sunday, the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, states that “without love whatever we do is worth nothing.” In no uncertain terms, it makes clear what God expects of us. Even when we naturally might reserve our love or extend it with excessive levels of condition, our choice to love is the same as our choice to live.

In all things and all times, just as God the Creator loves us, it is with love that we are to do whatever we do. While the broken world in which we live and move and have our being might tempt us to think otherwise, God is clear about our need to love.

During my meditation in the quietness of one of our recent snow days, something “clicked” about the notion of how we either do or do not employ the gift of love. While pondering the words of this collect, it became overwhelmingly clear that our varied and often full days are bursting with opportunities for allowing love to be employed. In thought, word, and deed; in professional, academic, and social circles; in all that we offer in the way of time and energy, love is essential. Love is the answer.

Our interactions with all sorts and conditions of God’s people, our doings that often are quick and can be less intentional, require the presence of love. Because God is love, we can do nothing good without God. Whatever we do throughout any given day–if it is to be good–must include love. Our choice and exercise to love undoubtedly will bring great worth to everything we do.

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector