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2013-10-06 message

posted Oct 19, 2013, 7:35 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Oct 19, 2013, 7:35 PM ]

We have said that love is something directed towards the other; something that moves our focus away from the self. Love is a unifying force everywhere from the communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to our own relationships. We have also said that love rejoices in the truth; that its foundation is the firm ground of the divine, which can always be relied upon. It is in this context that St. Paul now says that “love believes all things.”

It is our Orthodox Christian belief that wherever truth is found, Christ is also found, because He is the Truth. Any truth, of any kind, participates in the Truth which is Christ. And, of course, Christ is God, and God is love, so we find ourselves running in a circle that continually connects love with truth and vice versa.

A relationship between human beings which attempts to be an image of the divine relationship has a foundation of truth as an essential, defining component. So, wherever love – in its true sense, the sense that we have been exploring here for the last few months – is present, truth is necessarily present.

And I think we can say one other thing about love and it is that, because of its close relationship with truth, love begins with an assumption of truth; it expects truth; it truly begins by believing all things, even in human relationships. It is only when that expectation fails, when love is dishonored, that this no longer holds true.

May God bless us with relationships where we truly can believe all things and may we always be true to these relationships.

With love in Christ,
+Fr. Peter