Today’s Second Reading from 1 John 4:7-10 is a great reminder, a return to the grassroots on love! In one of my religion classes, a student asked a question in regards to dating since we were talking about #relationshipgoals. My response was that of love. Not that love is God, but that God is love. If love was God, then all our definitions of feelings, emotions, and situations define who God is. If God is love, then love is rooted in what God has done in creation, redemption, and ultimately in the face of Love himself: Jesus the Christ. It all starts with God, and from God comes an abundance of joy found in the Christian life.
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
And no one loved the Lord in return as perfectly and beautifully as the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her love is absolutely complete and perfect. Louis de Montfort gives us the example of the Queen Mother who was more important that the Queen during the times of lords, castles, and knights. If the servant had a request of the king, he would bring apples and fruits to present as a gift before his request. Yet, the Queen Mother (in this case the Blessed Virgin Mary) places our “apples and fruits” our very petitions and place them on a golden plate to present to her Son. In other words, Mary perfects our request, purifies them and makes them.
So let us turn to her on this Mother’s Day and in all moments of life. I leave you with the famous Marian Hymn during this Easter Season: