Do You Think That Love is Small and Insignificant?
by Mark Votava
May we be the embodiment of love. Let love live within our bodies. Love is the most valuable thing in the entire world. We desire to know what is it like to love with our entire lives.
Help us to long to be an expression of love in the place we live. May we understand that love is the foundation of community among us. Love is the greatest thing we can do in our lives.
Consume us with love. May love motivate everything we do. Without love, we cannot be our true selves. Without love, we struggle to be compassionate and empathetic toward others. We need love more than anything else in life.
Love is who you are. Love will lead us to authenticity. May our dreams be shaped by love for the world. We refuse to live in a world without love. Love will make us human again.
- Love is not “spiritual” enough for us
Loving others is all about what the world perceives as too small and too ordinary for it to possibly be of God. Love is not “spiritual” enough for us. Love is not considered “religious” enough for us. Love does not fit into our programs and services.
- Love cannot be boxed up
Love cannot be controlled because it is everywhere. Love cannot be boxed up into propositional statements. Love cannot be figured out. Love is relational.
- Love is mysterious, subversive, countercultural and relational
Love is mysterious. Love is subversive. Love is countercultural. Love is miraculous.
- The small hard-to-see things of life
We are to pay attention to the small, hard-to-see things of life in the parish.
- God is love
“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him…” (I John 4:16).
- Having eyes for the small
The communal imagination needs eyes for the small. It is through the small that we live our lives. Christ always manifests himself to us through the small.
- Take one step at a time
Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, says in her book Loaves and Fishes, “Young people say, What good can one person do? What is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus did the loaves and fishes.”
- Our love could be multiplied again and again
Our love could be multiplied again and again as we do the small things that build relational care in the parish. Are we on a path that will give our lives to explore the small things of love? Jesus is waiting for us in the small particulars of life. He is wanting some collaboration and partnership around the small things where he lives and dwells.
- Love comes from God
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love…” (1 John 4:7).
- Embodying the communal imagination
The body of Christ needs to love through the small things that confuse those who all the time want what is bigger and better. We need to embody this communal imagination together in the parish through doing what is small.
- Small, insignificant things
Dwight J. Friesen, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, points out, “One of the most striking aspects of the good news is the way God seems to delight in using small, insignificant things … to bring about fantastic transformation …”
Do you live like God is love?