We wanted to kill Love –
Carried by the Easter liturgy, I decided to write a series of 3 texts to help us see this time of imposed confinement as Good News.
I would like to say that in my life I try to apply this maxim in a perfectly imperfect way: “act as if everything depended on you and pray as if everything depended on God”. For a very long time I was the one who was caught up in her emotions, not understanding anything of what God wanted from me. Few people have had faith in me, but the Spirit, Love, has never let go of me. It is among other things from my experience of liberation that I am writing these few lines. At the end of this last one, you will find the hyperlink recommending you to the previous text.
One of the first things I want to talk about is Peace.
The word peace takes on a new meaning in the light of the resurrection. We understand that peace, from the point of view of faith, is not a perpetual emotional state of being, a feeling of peace nor the finishing line to reach, but a certainty that Love in person is there. He accompanies us from day to day, just as he accompanied the first disciples and will accompany the next generations.
We did not want and still want to kill Love in person, but history tells us that we cannot kill Love. –
As I expressed in the previous text (April 13), it seems that we fulfilled many of the same conditions as the first disciples. We have lost our anchor point, our references in the various spheres of our lives. We are being pushed around in our habits. For most of us we live in uncertainty, fear, anguish. In short, the feeling of peace is far from being there, but are you able to recognize Love, its fruits or seeds in you, in me, in them, in us, there? “The wind blows where it wants and you hear its voice, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. (John 3; 8a)”
A friend of mine just gave me a great picture and I want to share it with you. When you want to listen to music with a cd radio you have 2 choices… either you put the CD on and listen to the whole thing in a loop or you put a radio set on. At the moment, we can’t really play our CD like we used to. There is a bug. So I think we should all try to plug in the radio and let it guide us. What I’m trying to say is that this imposed pose can also be a good way for us to connect to the radio and by that I don’t mean not to listen to the buggy CD anymore!
One thing that I have learned over time is that Love is the one that quietly helps us to walk on the waters whether they are calm or in a huge and almost perpetual storm. Sometimes we stall because we doubt and then a hand reaches out to us. I repeat, from the point of view of faith, peace is the certitude that Love accompanies us.
So I am going to invite you to do a little folly… ask Peace to come and eat at your home, that is to say, within you… and with him set the table before your enemies and eat.
— Marie Lyne Boucher
The next item in this series will appear next Thursday. For the previous post by this author: