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Mons' Musings Vol. 1: Love

Updated: Jun 7, 2018

By Mons. Peter Jeffrey:

His hands were shaking and his eyes burning as he kept repeating one word – ‘Love’! The Afro-American preacher at Prince Harry and Megan’s wedding touched the hearts of millions with his focus on ‘love’.

I am writing this on the Feast of the Visitation, May 31st. “Love” is also the key to glimpsing the significance of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. Mary was bearing within her the Divine Infant. When she greeted her cousin, the child in Elizabeth’s womb leapt for joy! Together they praised God the giver of life.

A baby smiles back because she/he has first experienced love. St. Paul says “Do not let your love be a pretence – love each other as much as sisters/brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other” (Romans 12:9).

A friend of mine says “The hardest lesson to learn – and the easiest lesson to learn – is to let ourselves be loved”. And when it is a question of Jesus loving us, the lesson becomes even harder.

Think of St. Peter – when he denied knowing Jesus three times, the gospel tells us “the Lord turning around, looked at him with love”. Peter broke down and cried. It was then that Peter really discovered how overwhelming it can be, and yet how freeing it is, to let ourselves be loved by Jesus.

Perhaps we know that in our heads, but I pray and hope, that we will come to experience that in our hearts. Just let God love you.

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