As children, we are taught head-on God is love. From John’s gospel to the simple songs sung by children, we learn a basic fundamental truth – God is love. But what about human love? From a parent’s love of a child, the love of a friend, puppy love, spousal love, and yes, even sexual love many claim that each form love takes is a reflection of God’s love, however distorted that reflection may be. Graham Green described human love as “the smallest glass of love mixed with a pint pot of ditch water.” For a few of my friends, human love is as far as they can go, because that’s all they can believe in. Luis taught me even that’s enough for God, if it’s as far as they can go.
But like God’s love is not earned it just happens, human love is something that happens as well. It is not an achievement that we have the power to control. Wherever love appears — God is present. For God is love.