- We are all God’s children and we are loved. Human ways of evaluating our value and worth are superseded. When we realize that we are loved, we are safe with God. The problem in real life is that as much as we yearn for such a promise, we do not like the vulnerability that comes with it. Humans are stunningly unreliable. The most loving among us will still impose limits and conditions on the love that we offer. We can imagine a bigger love but In real life, trusting God’s love flies in the face of ordinary human experience.
- We should live like love matters. That is what it means to bear fruit. Ultimately, it is the only thing that will last. If we want to be part of eternal life, we must keep Jesus’ teaching central to our lives. That means loving others even if we feel like we are only a drop in the ocean.
- Live like love will prevail. Our resurrection faith declares that no matter what happens to us in real life, love will prevail. When we are in pain, when we are suffering and when we witness human discrimination, entitlement and cruelty, this is a huge faith claim. Our lives are way too short to know the wisdom of our choices but we are called to live as if love will ultimately prevail.
Jesus promised that abiding in the vine is the richest life a human being can live. It does not protect us from the hardships of this world but it sustains us through them. It is the way to life. Let it be so.