A Lenten Reflection
Love, love changes everything!
Lent is about that beautiful season for deepening and filling our potential for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. It offers us the opportunity to expand our likeness to God, a God Scripture tells us is “is merciful, tenderhearted, slow to anger, very loving and universally kind. God’s tenderness embraces all creation .”* Lent is also a reminder of what can happen to us and our world if the interior potential for goodness, mercy and justice in each person is ignored.
If Lent is about a time for stretching our minds and hearts to be more like God’s, then there is truth to Alfred Lloyd Webber’s words “Love Changes Everything.” Love changes everything and everyone, and when we love, “love never lets us be the same.”
With every thought and act of love we change ourselves and others.
As we learn from Jesus, love is a people thing. It’s personal, individual and unique. No one can do the work of love for me. There’s no app, website or program. We just have to do it. With each loving thought, word and deed, we bring about the Realm of God right here and right now. Sometimes it’s sweet and patient; sometimes it takes us out of our comfort zone, takes courage and can be exhausting.
Love is the gift we give when we make sure others know their lives matter and have meaning. Love is the message we send that makes people know they have a safe home in our mind and heart. Love is when we fast from gossip, comparisons, harsh judgments and bitterness. It’s the courage to speak the truth and to exclude no part of God’s creation, human or non-human, from our concern and care.
Together, may our inclusive, unifying and reconciling love be counter cultural to the violence, divisiveness, hatred and disregard for life prevalent in the cultures in our world. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”**
May this Lent bring you the Easter joy that happens when love, your love, changes you into becoming more fully the person God created you to be. Blessings on the journey!
Sister Jean Amore, CSJ, Ed.D., Principal
The SHA Administration
**Margaret Mead, Anthropologist, Recipient of the Planetary Citizen of the Year Award, 2017.