Saturday, May 12, 2012

Looking ahead

Boundaries are important. They decide who owns land and properties. They help us to understand where we can and cannot go — that is, to avoid trespassing. There are even emotional and societal boundaries that tell us how far we can go with another person without trespassing against their personal space.

Now famous since the sexual abuse scandals are programs within the church like "Good Touch, Bad Touch", which teach children their personal boundaries and how to protect themselves against those who would not respect them or seek to do them harm.

There are also all kinds of boundaries that society constructs around: race, culture, language, religion, sexuality, customs, national identity, and likes and dislikes. In some ways we have enshrined boundaries and use them as our excuse to hate and treat with discrimination and disdain. It is no surprise that Jesus, therefore, counters with the one force that is so powerful it can cross any boundary and make the deepest human connection possible — it is the power of love. In love, God poured out the gift of faith in Jesus upon the Gentiles — love without and boundaries or partiality.

John tells us that we should "love one another, because love is of God." The most important insight he notes: "In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he love us."

Jesus sees the power of love as so great that he names the most powerful love of all: "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

What boundaries have you and I placed on love?

Has love called us to reach out beyond our comfort zone?

Has love helped us to discover God within us?

Are love and God at the center of our soul, life, and spirit?

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administartor. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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