Works of love bring us joy. While performing such works people are blessed by God’s grace. These gifts become apparent when we love others. God’s love that flows from heaven sustains souls, and causes the unification with the Holy Spirit. For the good news of the Gospel is that with faith people will find security. Tullian Tchividjian (b. 1972), a professor of Theology and pastor said, “Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.” What great news this is for those who have fallen short of God’s promises!
People must love their neighbors as themselves by sharing warmth and tenderness in their relationships. It’s Christ’s love that makes hope blossom, but such a revelation has to be nurtured. By doing good deeds people come to know divine beauty. This wondrous love is beyond comparison because it’s found deep within our hearts. It’s revealed through Christ’s promises. An author and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906–2001) wrote, “For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.” How wonderful God’s security is in believers’ lives! Billy Graham (b. 1918), an evangelical preacher said, “God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’”
Believers must always put love into practice while serving mankind. This calls for having humble hearts and a positive outlook. Such care must be meaningful and authentic. This is often demonstrated in the Eucharistic celebration of the supper of the Lamb when Christ is adored. And all are welcomed at his feast. Through participation believers put into practice their faith. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), a Baptist minister and civil rights leader said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” People’s failure to sow love, and making themselves heard are surely the sort of tragedy to which King was alluding.
Desmond Tutu (b. 1931), a South African retired Anglican bishop wrote, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” Such love is universal. At the sublime level it’s one that connects all things. People promote this truth when they come forward to do their part in the communities where they live. This service is created, recreated, nurtured, and blossoms into amazing realities. It’s holy and expresses the eternal blessings of our Creator.
Love is a true gift for all living souls. Albert Camus (1913–1960), a French author and philosopher captured this best when he said, “Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.” Cycles of creative forces keep moving us forward to tap into a newer and better world. This is through the recognition of the Holy Spirit working in our midst.