The Morning After – Good News for February 15

15 02 2009

1 Corinthians 10:31

Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or  the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Today’s Responsorial

I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

The Daily Path: Today’s second reading and responsorial are timely on the morning after celebrating Valentine’s Day.  Yesterday there were many acts of love and affection. And yes, lustful passion, but that’s another story. Here in North America, billions of dollars were spent on flowers, candy, gifts, dinners, greeting cards and little paper valentines. All to express joyful feelings towards another person.  

This morning countless people will get up and continue their lives as though nothing of significance had occurred just hours before. The paper valentines will be in the recycle bin (I hope), their sentiments now a shadow. Wrappers from decadent candies become a glaring reminder of the blown diet. Some may wish they hadn’t participated in the amorous adventures of the previous evening and now find themselves looking for a quick get away. There my friends is the point… why do we retreat so quickly from a day, even a moment,  focused on expressing love?

The Gospel over the past weeks has told of the crowds who rushed to Jesus every moment as He healed the sick, performing miraculous acts of love and mercy. Have you ever stopped to wonder what they all did the next day? Perhaps they beat a path back to wherever as if nothing had occurred. Or maybe the rapture of witnessing Christ passed from them like so many chocolate-covered strawberries shared by two lovers? 

What if we declared that everyday were Valentine’s Day! 365 spent imitating Christ by routinely expressing our love for others? Making love to God as a daily occurrence. Perhaps the responsorial should be: 

I turn to you, Lord, each day, and you fill me with joy.

Room to Chat: Let passionate thoughts of God turn you on.