Here’s the image that has captured the imagination of many coffee drinkers. It suggests Cupid’s arrow striking us to fall in love as we were told once as young children. These are the popular sentiments that come with February 14. Stop here? No. We would miss the mark on what love really is….
Love is found in the real deep relationships we share with others.
And love is much more ….
Love is something that took hold of me over the weekend by witnessing Carylle Aries Castro’s Baptism. Love is God’s initiative, marking Carylle with holy water and sacred chrism for all eternity to belong to Him.
Love is the commitment of the two who became one: Alan and Charen. It is marriage sealed with covenant. In speaking on love, Pope Benedict states in his encyclical letter, Deus Caritas Est, “Amidst this multiplicity of meanings, however, one in particular stands out: love between man and woman, where body and soul are inseparably joined and human beings glimpse an apparently irresistible promise of happiness” (Deus Caritas Est 2).
Love is a deep lasting commitment to bring others to know and commit to God.
Ultimately, Love is the encounter with the One who is Love. Love is a person, a divine person, and an event found at the cross and at every Eucharist that is celebrated. Love is Jesus Christ. Love is the ascent of our will and intellect to that of God’s desire and will for us (cf. Deus Caritas Est 17).
So when you go to buy your Valentine gifts today, be sure that Christ is rooted in the midst of your affection and expression of love.