God teaches us that our capacity to love is a gift from himself, as he invented it as something holy and sacred, beautiful and filled with profound meaning.
Tertullian summarizes this well when he states, “How can I ever express the happiness of the marriage that is joined together by the Church, strengthened by an offering, sealed by a blessing, announced by angels and ratified by the Father….They are both brethren and both fellow servants; there is no separation between them in spirit or flesh….Christ rejoices in them and he sends them his peace; where the couple is, there he is also to be found, and where he is, evil can no longer abide”. (cf. Tertullian, Familiaris Consortio 13).
In the second book of Maccabees we read of a mother who says to her seven sons, “I do not know how you came into existence in my womb; it was not I who gave you the breath of life, nor was it I who set in order the elements of which each of you is composed… It is the Creator of the universe who shapes each man’s beginning.” (2 Mc 7:22-3).
We all have a desire for communion and a desire for love. The most important role of every human being is love. We cannot live without it. Our life is senseless if we do not encounter love. Love is willing the good of another person. It is not just a feeling, but an act of the will. Love is not easy.
Some people think that love is about how you feel, that it is a sweet feeling and nothing else. It is easy to look for love in the wrong places, to be used by other people. The opposite of loving somebody is to use them.
Many people have trouble in believing that God loves them. Others think that God is not going to call them. Do I listen to the voice of God in my life? God speaks to us in silence. We need to learn to be comfortable in silence. Sometimes there might be something that is obstructing a way of receiving God’s love. The reality of sin in the world means that we must receive God’s gift of love before we give it away. Mary made a complete gift of herself. If we can respond to God’s love completely, we can transform the world.
One time a teacher took his pupils on a mystery trip. They needed trust on this trip, as they were not given any information as to where they were going. They were in a complete state of wonder and awe. The young people trusted him that they were going to be taken somewhere cool. This taught them about their journey of vocation in life. God reveals to use piece by piece. When I have confidence in Christ, who is at the heart of every vocation, I can go everywhere he calls me.
Each person is a unique and unrepeatable person. God’s call is unique. We are created to know, love and serve God. The gifts we are given are to be used and offered for a higher purpose. Listening, prayer and silence help us discover what God is calling us to.
Our destiny is to be with God forever. St Theresa of Liseiux said, “My vocation is love.” If we include God with what he has given us, we are never going to be taking from others, because our lives will always involve giving. We can be confident in the life that God has for us. God is the author of live and love. Some men plant, others water, but God gives the growth.
“Christian, recognize your dignity and, now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return to your former base condition by sinning. Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Never forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of the Kingdom of God.” (St. Leo the Great, Sermo 22 in nat. Dom., 3:PL 54,192C).