The old Huey Lewis song goes like this:
“The Power of Love is a curious thing. Make-a-one man weep, and another man sing…It’s strong and it’s sudden and it’s cruel sometimes, but it might just save your life.”
It might just save your life!
I write a lot about love in this blog. I do that because love truly is the most powerful force in the cosmos. People will do things for love that they wouldn’t do for money or fame or any of the currencies the world has come to value. It doesn’t mean that love, at least in human terms, is perfect. We know it is not. Love is cruel sometimes. When love goes unreturned, disappointment ensues. There are times when people take advantage of the love shown to them, and relationships are broken. People have even killed for love.
And Jesus died for love!
Over the centuries, religion has advanced several theological reasons why Jesus had to die. These theories that attempt to explain the divine role in the crucifixion leave many unsatisfied with the answer to the question. Perhaps a more humanistic explanation is appropriate: Jesus died because he loved the people so much, he was not willing to compromise or sell out the power of love to save even his own life. For Jesus, love was even more powerful than his own life.
It might just cost your life! (But save it at the same time)
Our world is full of reasons not to love – to hold back, to value money, power, fame or that last empty seat on the subway, more than love. All that we value more than love itself is a sign of our sinfulness, a sign that we fall short of the God who is love itself, and the Jesus who is love personified.
And so, St. Peter writes us that it is the power of love that covers a multitude of sins – a reminder that despite all the no-so-loving things that people do to each other, one single act of love can truly change the world.
And it might just save your life!
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Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (GA) in New York City has been chosen as one of eight internship congregations to participate this year in a church-wide initiative designed to increase our understanding of Holy Scripture and most importantly, to cultivate our engagement with it. In partnership with The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Vicar John Heidgerd will be working to develop innovative ways to deepen our faith formation and sense of discipleship for the sake of ourselves and our communities.