There have been many interpretations on the scriptural reading from Mt.22:34-40 . Scholars defined, more or less the how and what of the passage. However, there is always a fresh view everytime the Word of God is proclaimed. There is always something to munch. And as always? Full. Lacking in nothing.
Love of God.
Mt. 22:37, tells us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, will and strength. Easier said, often forgotten. Oh no! Not that we forget God. It’s not about loving or not loving God. It’s more of the in-between. We so love God, that we really don’t mind at all. We always fall into the trap of “I love God.” and we continue to exist in the greater scheme of things. Basking in our own world of loving God.
How do we really know we love God?
I came across a picture from one of Google’s web search images, it says “My ♥ belongs to Jesus.” I downloaded it. Over the days past, thoughts on the passage would once in a while rushed through me. Immediately, the idea that one’s heart belongs to Jesus is analogous to religious men and women. Everytime this thought knocks my door, I just picked up from where I left.
Last friday my view changed. It came like a sharp edged sword, penetrating the whole of my being. “My ♥ belongs to Jesus” as i once thought of is not analogous to religious men and women. While I was still integrating what the experience means to me, a simple thought stand out. Whether one is a priest, nun, married person, single, widow, complicated in status our heart belongs to Jesus. There is a kind of deep felt understand of knowing that one’s heart belongs to Jesus. It can be likened to the universal call to holiness, so hearing these words, i began to wonder how there might be a still more perfect way to love God in ordinary way.
There are more other ways of interpreting the passage, mine is as simple as this. What’s yours? We need to remember that the call to love God is as old as creation. Our ordinary experiences of God’s presence in our life have their own value whether we appreciate or recognize it or not. Yet, it belongs to you.
You don’t have to be someone you are not just to be able to say “My ♥ belongs to Jesus.” St. Augustine puts it rightly, “my heart is restless until it rests in you.” Only then can we truly love. It is only when our heart has found its true home can we welcome strangers and selflessly serve them, seeing in them the face of Christ.
” My ♥ belongs to Jesus” is the basic tenet of our life.
image: google image search