I said in my haste, every man is a liar!
What is beyond the capacity of human words, even for those who experienced it from the loftiest heights, me trying to explain it with my inferior words and blind heart makes me chief of the liars.
Now with that said, there is nothing worthy of the effort to take a glimpse of or trying to use the eyes of the lofty ones to see the indescribable that grace grants to those who avail themselves to it , so that through grace, may be one day in this world and the next we become fully alive and fully human as we were meant to be.
Why should I love others and how should I love them? Opus(magnificent Opus!) went to the core of why we must love when he said I know I am alive when I love others, and the how is not based on my love for myself. No matter how right it might seem on face value or to our rational mind, self-love does not generate love, it begets hate. It is when you live in,for,and through the other that you love, and you are alive when you love. Our very capacity to truly love comes from the Trinitarian Life. Loving a person is not based on loving yourself that’s what Lucifer knows and what embracing such love ultimately lead him to: hell. Love is communion, which lives out the truth: there is no me without you. Love your neighbor as yourself is a commandment to share in the life of God. To love the one we see as God loves, in unity or oneness. As The Son prayed to The Father ‘That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me’ what is this oneness that will prove that the Father sent Him. If we pay attention to the I in you and the you in me, we get that the argued necessity of initially loving myself alone first has no place in here because there is no me without you, but loving you as me because I am in you as you are in me, then only such oneness is worthy of such love. In this manner we love the person as the person is and we become fully alive.
That is the perfect way, that those who became transformed into a living fire, a living prayer found. A self-emptying, sacrificial love, to live in and through and for the other in the oneness such communion offers. Such love is the manifestation of God in us that makes our love free from egotistical or self-centered love, free from our childish ways ( which make us the center of reference for everything) that enables us to do the most practical, sublime and supreme act of love: Self Sacrifice. A love that compels us to be engaged in all human suffering, the commandment of love given to us by the one who out of love brought us into being : ‘ love one another as I have loved you.’ At the end we are held accountable to that perfect love when the Son says…. I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was sick and imprisoned. The life we call our own really is not ours our very lives and deaths depend on our love for our neighbor. So we see Love is the summit, the Kingdom, the pearl of great price, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
one of the most beautiful poem ever written.
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New International Version
1If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,b but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.