Alas…another entry that went unposted last month. A great topic, regardless.
Fourth Sunday of Advent: LOVE
I just feel love…I practice taking others’ anger, suspicion, distrust and give them patience, tolerance, and compassion. ~Dali Lama
Those were the inspiring words of the Dalai Lama from a delightful interview with John Oliver from Last Week Tonight which I share below. ( A must watch, if I do say so myself.)
In his words, I could hear echoes of Jesus calling for us to love and pray for our enemies (Matt. 5:43-48) and of the Apostle Paul who said “bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not” (Romans 12:14).
In college I was convinced the world religions had nothing in common. Clearly, I had not met the mystics.
Here are some of the voices of mystics over the ages that have spoken of love:
“In the end these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?”
― Gautama Buddha, 563 B.C.- 483 B.C.
“Bringing joy to one heart with love is better than one thousand repetitive prayer reciting.”
“Love abounds in all things, excels from the depths to beyond the stars, is lovingly disposed to all things. She has given the king on high the kiss of peace.”
― Hildegard of Bingen, 1098 – 1179
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi, 1207-1273
“Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.”
―Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582
“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”
― Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906-1945
Love is a powerful emotion, not to be underestimated.
Make LOVE the primary gift you offer to others in this time of giving and in every season.