Love for more than a day

While I do not wish to sound Scrooge-ish on the day created by the card companies to make money on the affections people feel toward each other (and yes I do know there was an actual St. Valentine, actually, there are more than one:

Saint Valentine, according to romantic legend, was a kind-hearted Roman priest who married young couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II, and was beheaded for his deeds on the 14th of February. In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are unclear. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February.” Two of these men lived in the third century A.D., one being the bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the other a priest of Rome. (Some speculate that these two figures were actually the same man.) Both seem to have been persecuted for their beliefs; the Roman priest reportedly wasbeaten and then beheaded on the orders of Emperor Claudius II, on or about the year 270. Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance: the date of his death may have become mingled with the feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love, or with the ancient belief that birds first mate in the middle of February. In modern times Valentine’s Day is a day of special romantic sentiment and gift-giving among lovers. (from (emphasis mine)

However my mind here is not to blast the holiday, it is what it is but that this is not a notion to be left to one day of the year. Love for love’s sake should be practiced frequently and often. The kind gesture, thoughtful phone call, etc. should be a daily thing not yearly. God puts many across our path that we can show His kindness and love to by simple things that we may not think twice about. Buying lunch for someone who cannot afford it (yes I know there are shelters and soup kitchens around and they serve a great purpose but you know God did not say I was hungry and you sent me to a soup kitchen did He? cf. Matthew 25:32-45)

This is a command to us. How can we really show love to others if we are never going to be involved in there lives. I remember one homeless man telling me after hearing us say “Jesus loves you”. He answered “I know he does, He sent you”.

Just something to think about.


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