“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.’
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.” Isaiah 6:1-4
This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:10-12
Lent is all about holiness, right? Ridding ourselves of things that interfere with our relationship with God and one another (you know how much trouble chocolate can be). But the word “holiness” means to be set apart for God; so, holiness isn’t about not doing things, it’s about being with God and doing what God is doing. And God, who is perfectly holy, is all about doing love, because God is love.
Mathematically speaking, since God is altogether holy and God is altogether love, that means that holiness = love.
Think about that a minute: love is holiness – holiness is love.
Now, how does that change how you and I may think or act? Because, if nothing else, what we believe definitely changes how we think and act.
Look at Paul. He talks in mind-blowing ways about love in 1 Corinthians 13. I think maybe we don’t really understand what he’s saying when he writes that you can give everything to the poor, know all mysteries, move mountains with your faith, and even give your body over to be martyred in fire, but without love it’s worth nothing. Nothing. No love? Doesn’t count. That’s nuts. Don’t those things make us holy? No, Paul says, love is the greatest. Love multiplies everything.
What we do in love, no matter how small, is worth more than all the great big actions of sacrifice without love. Love multiplies like drops of water flowing together to form a river that moves and shapes even the largest rock, even the earth itself. Mother Teresa would say that our tiny little actions done in love take on infinite proportions because God is infinite and God is love. With love a smile, a gentle touch, a glass of water, a kind word, is worth more than we know. The beyond beautiful thing is that we can all do this, every moment of every day. The jackpot is that love changes us and makes us more like God – who is love.
God is not looking for sacrificial heroes. God is looking for humble joyful lovers willing to share with others what He is freely giving to us all.