Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away … No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.” vss. 11, 14Deuteronomy 30:11-14
What is this word that the scribe is describing in these ancient texts, a word not found in a book, or across the sea? It is the very Word that the gospel writer John uses in his prologue, the Word present in creation and made flesh in Jesus. The scribe says that the word is a commandment, but what he has in mind is Love. “You shall love the Lord your God … you shall love your neighbor.” It’s this word that has been planted in the DNA of humans from the beginning and it’s this word that tugs at our hearts daily, drawing us into relationships with God and the people around us. No one should be confused about God’s intentions for humanity or wonder which of a myriad of laws we need to obey. As the song says, all we need is love. And lest we be confused about the nature of this love, it’s not the self-serving romcom variety that we’re served up in movies and social media. This love was enfleshed in the person of Jesus and is self-giving and sacrificial to the core. Often sought, seldom experienced, it abides within us and is spurred into action by the prodding of the Spirit. And when it appears the angels weep with joy!
Thought for the Day: When do I notice this love in myself?