Advent Second Sunday: Love
Today marks the second Sunday of Advent. And Today’s candle represents “love”.
One of the beauties of following the Church calendar is that it reminds us that we are connected to the church historic. In other words the Christian church did not begin when you joined it and it will be here long after our time has past. And when you go back and study the rich magisterial history of the church in western civilization you will see that the Christians who came before us greeted Advent as we do today. Hear the words of St. Paul to the Church in Rome: Owe no man anything…but love one another.
That simple verse of Scripture: Owe no man anything...but love one another is such a reminder especially during this season. You see Advent celebrates a freedom, a dissolution (if you will), the dissolving of all obligations in the face of the great obligation the love which God commands for Himself and for our fellow human beings; Both the vertical love of God and our horizontal love to one another are represented to us in the face of Jesus Christ--the God-Man. The horizontal direction of love to our fellow man resounds all kinds of responsibility for our fellow man. But that is the essence of what it means to love one another. We give ourselves for one another. We demonstrate this principle of my life for yours with our neighbors. But why? Because ultimately it is God who has demonstrated this principle of perfect love with us through the sending of his own son Jesus Christ.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. ~ I Cor. 13:4-8
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. 8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. ~ Romans 13:7-10