“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”1 John 4:16
Last May another royal wedding took place in England. It was like a fairytale, awe-inspiring with pageantry and splendor. It’s estimated that 1.9 billion people worldwide watched the event.
There seems to be a universal longing for a story of true love with a happily-ever-after ending. But in the course of life—even in the most devoted relationships—love is tested. Irritations and resentments can creep in and overshadow what used to be feelings of warmth and affection. Human love alone will not suffice for the journey of life we face.
Bishop Michael Curry delivered the homily at the recent royal wedding. I was struck by the phrase “unselfish, redemptive, sacrificial love” used in his charge. He began to talk about the power of God’s love that could make that kind of love possible in ordinary life. The faithful, unbreaking love of the Lord runs so much deeper than fairytale love or any earthly love. We know it and rely on it above all else. It flows right into our troubled relationships and restores harmony.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)